A new report published in the Lancet Oncology reveals five-year survival rates in some forms of cancer were much lower in teenagers and young adults than in children.
This includes conditions such as acute lymphoid leukaemia (56% in teens and young adults and 85.8% in children), Ewing’s sarcoma, a bone cancer (49% in teens and young adults and 67% in children) and astrocytoma, a brain cancer (46% in teens and young adults and 62% in children.
Overall, teenage and young adult survival rates are 82%, compared with 79% in children.
Liz North, CLIC Sargent Director of Communications and Campaigning, said: “Whilst it is encouraging that this study shows survival rates continuing to improve for children and young people overall, we must not ignore the fact that survival rates for certain cancers in teenagers and young adults are not improving and we need to do more to find out why.”
CLIC Sargent is the leading UK cancer charity for children and young people with cancer. The charity provides specific support for teenagers and young adults through its young people’s social workers and community workers.
It also provides free accommodation near hospitals for young cancer patients and their families. Earlier this year it opened a new home Amy’s House in Belfast, near the Belfast City Hospital, which is specifically for teenagers and young people.
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About cancer in children and young people
Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.
About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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