Cancer Rates Are On The Rise In Adolescents And Young Adults New Study Shows

While much of the health system and the world are, understandably, laser focused on the Covid-19 pandemic, it is all too easy to discount other health issues that must be addressed. In a recent study of cancer trends among adolescents and young adults in the US, researchers reported a stunning thirty percent increase in cancer diagnoses among individuals fifteen to thirty-nine years old between 1973 and 2015.

Recently, there has been an increased awareness that adolescents and young adults are a distinct population when it comes to cancer. A cancer diagnosis at this pivotal stage in life where young peoples’ independence is increasing, careers are beginning, and new relationships are forming can be particularly destabilizing. In addition, adolescents and young adults are often less financially stable than older adults and have the lowest rates of health insurance coverage.

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Originally published on Forbes (December 9, 2020)

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