Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

July 9, 2010 at 12:50 am 1 comment

According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer occurring between the ages of 15 and 30 years is almost three times more common than cancer occurring during the first 15 years of life. Cancer survival rates for this age group used to be better than for older individuals, but during recent years the survival rates have leveled off and are not as good as they previously were. The majority of cases diagnosed in adolescents and young adults appear to be spontaneous and unrelated to either environmental carcinogens or hereditary cancer. Life as an adolescent or young adult is challenging enough; adding a cancer diagnosis only makes it more difficult to successfully conquer those challenges.

Young adults tend to spend a vast amount of time using the internet, social media and other electronic outlets. Cancer resources specific to young adults have not always been readily available but are being utilized with greater ease thanks to technology and the internet. This mode of communication is becoming a very useful mechanism to the 15-30 year old age group for finding the resources to help overcome the difficulties of a cancer diagnosis. A few resources listed below have harnessed the power of the internet, social media, and electronic outlets to speak to a younger generation of people about cancer and the effect it has on them.

Planet Cancer was founded by individuals in their twenties with cancer who wanted to fill the void in social services specifically required by this age group. Plant Cancer offers young adults affected by cancer a place to explore, discuss and cope with their cancer diagnosis, offering blogs, forums, community events like camping retreats and more. To learn more visit www.planetcancer.org

I’m too Young for This Cancer Foundation was developed to ensure that every young adult affected by cancer is given access to the best age-appropriate support they are entitled to.. For more information about their programming services, including “The Stupid Cancer Show” broadcast online by young adults with cancer for young adults with cancer, visit www.i2y.com

For information about local resources available in Los Angeles County for adolescents and young adults with cancer contact me at Ronnie Lippin Cancer Information and Resource Line at 877.752.2120 or at www.lacancerinfo.org

Phyllis Ruja Tell, MSW
Social Work Manager
Ronnie Lippin Cancer Information and Resource Line
At Tower Cancer Research Foundation

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  • […] According the National Cancer Institute, cancer occurring between the ages of 15 and 30 years is almost three times more common than cancer occurring during the first 15 years of life. Cancer survival rates for this age group used to be better than for older individuals, but during recent years the survival rates have leveled off and are not as good as they previously were. The majority of cases diagnosed in adolescents and young adults appear to … Read More […]

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