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NIH Cancer Institute

A Snapshot of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers

Cancers Affecting Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs)

An estimated 69,212 adolescents and young adults (AYAs) ages 15–39 were diagnosed with cancer in 2011.1

This is about six times the number of cases diagnosed in children ages 0–14. The incidence of specific cancer types varies dramatically across the AYA age continuum. For example, leukemialymphomatesticular cancer(germ cell tumors), and thyroid cancer are the most common cancer types in younger AYAs (15–24 years old). By ages 25–39, breast cancer and melanoma comprise a growing share of cancers among AYAs.2





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