National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week (April 3-9)

The intensive public focus on pink ribbon awareness campaigns not only diminishes deep awareness about the realities of breast cancer. It also diminishes general awareness of other health conditions, including other types of cancers and populations of women and men who have unique needs when they are diagnosed and treated.

National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week (April 3-9), first launched in 2003, is designed to share little known information about young adults with cancer. This year, a series of video public service announcements reveals that:

  • Approximately 70,000 young adults in their teens through their late 30s are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States.
  • Cancer is the leading killer of people 20 to 39 years of age, behind homicide and suicide.
  • Over the last 20 years, overall survival rates in young adults with cancer have reached a plateau.
  • Young adults have the lowest participation rate in clinical trials of any age group.
  • Young adults face unique psychosocial concerns  such as fertility preservation, body image, sexuality, education, insurance  issues, employment reintegration, and long term effects of treatment.
  • Young adults get cancers that are different than pediatric patients and older adult patients.

Moving beyond pink requires addressing the diversity of experiences for those who are diagnosed with breast cancer and taking meaningful action toward eradication. It also means acknowledging the points of connection among other cancers and chronic health conditions to work toward the betterment of public health.

For a list of national support and advocacy organizations oriented to a wide variety of cancers, go here.

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