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Cancer in young people

Cancer is the most common cause of non-accidental death in teenagers and young adults in the UK.


Every single day in the UK, 6 young people aged between 13 and 24 will be told that they have cancer. That is 6 yesterday, 6 today, 6 tomorrow..... and their lives will change forever.


Cancer in 13-24 year-olds comes in many forms and treatments may vary. In this age group cancer can behave differently, sometimes striking in rarer, more complex and dangerous forms which may require harsh regimes of treatment in an attempt to save lives. However, research has made great strides over time and nearly three-quarters of British teenagers and young adults who develop cancer, now survive the illness.

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