April 2-8th is National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week (NYACAW). What better way to celebrate than to share some facts about this special population of 15 to 39 year olds affected by cancer?
Did you know?
- Every year 70,000 people between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer.
- That makes AYAs more likely to have cancer than their childhood counterparts.
- Survival rates for adolescent and young adults have lagged behind the steady improvement for children and older adults.
- AYAs have special needs such as fertility preservation consultations, and unique psychosocial concerns.
- OHSU Knight Cancer Institute has the only AYA Oncology Program in the state of Oregon.
Now that you’ve got some facts, test your knowledge against the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Adolescent and Young Adults with Cancer Quiz. Don’t forget to check out the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute AYA Oncology Program website to find out what we do and how we can help you or someone you love.