Types of cancer

While you may never have expected to be diagnosed with cancer at such a young age, you’re not alone. Every year, around 2,000 cases of cancer are diagnosed in young people aged 16 to 24.

The most common cancer in young men is testicular cancer, which accounts for more than a quarter of diagnosed cases. Other common types of cancer for young men include Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukaemia. The most common cancers in young women are melanoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and ovarian cancer.

This section contains information about the most common types of cancers that affect young people, and aims to give a general overview about each condition, its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

It is not supposed to be a substitute for advice from a medical professional, so it’s also important to talk to your specialist about your diagnosis and treatment plan.

Updated December 2014, review planned 2017.