Young Adult Cancer Facts
- Cancer is the leading disease killer in people ages 20 to 39.
- An estimated 1.4 million men and women will be diagnosed with cancer in 2008. Of this group, nearly one third will die of their disease.
- In 2004, health expenditures for cancer reached $64.4 billion.
- More than 70,000 young adults between the ages of 19 and 40 are diagnosed with cancer every year.
- More than 11 million Americans are currently living with cancer.
- One out of every two Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
- For young adults between the ages 25-35, survival rates have not changed since 1975.
|Group||Ages||Average % Annual Change|
|Pediatric Age Group||0-15||1.53|
|Adolescent and Young Adult Age Group||16-40||0.258|
|Adult Age Group||41-64||1.17|
|Geriatric Age Group||65-85+||1.684|
Table data source: Source: Bleyer A, O'Leary M, Barr R, Ries LAG (eds): Cancer Epidemiology in Older Adolescents and Young Adults 15 to 29 Years of Age, Including SEER Incidence and Survival: 1975-2000. National Cancer Institute, NIH Pub. No. 06-5767. Bethesda, MD 2006.
Resources for Young Adults
I’m Too Young for This
National Collegiate Cancer Foundation
SamFund (Surviving and Moving Forward)
Ulman Cancer Fund
Vital Options International
General Cancer Resources
American Cancer Society
Austin Community Foundation
Breast Cancer Resource Center of Texas
Lance Armstrong Foundation
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Austin Chapter
Move Through Cancer
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
Texas Fertility Center
The Wellness Community
Wonders and Worries
Other Helpful Resources
Head Gear in Austin
Pat Painter’s Hair Pieces
Parker’s Wig & Gift Salon