Advocacy

Now that you understand that thousands of Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs) are diagnosed with cancer every year, it’s time to stand up and make a difference. One of the organization that’s making some great strides in helping improve survival rates for AYA’s, is SeventyK.org. You can SIGN their petition to get standard rights for Teens and young adults when they go through treatment that they current do not officially have. This will also bring about the voice they need to get more clinical trails and more!

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SeventyK is working to deliver a variety of rights for  AYA’s with Cancer. A couple of those rights include to be offered affordable heath insurance, the right to be offered fertility preservation and the right be informed of available clinical trials. Learn more about these and other rights at SeventyK.org.

Facts about AYA’s with Cancer

There are over 70,000 people aged 15-39 diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. per year. For over two decades there has been little or no improvement in survival in this specific age group.

“Nearly 68,000 people aged 15 to 39 years were diagnosed with cancer in 2002, approximately 8 times more than children under age 15.”

“…Little or no progress has been seen in the AYA population…among those aged 25 to 35 years, survival has not improved in more than two decades…15-39 year-olds diagnosed with cancer in 1975-1980 had dramatically better survival than most other age groups; however, survival rates for this population have stagnated while survival improvements achieved in younger and older age groups have now-or will soon-eclipse AYAs’ previously superior survival rates.

Because of psychological and social factors in adolescents and young adults, patients in this age range may be at a higher risk for delay in diagnosis, which in turn may impact cancer survival.

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