Cancer deaths fall among teenagers and young adults

25 March 2013

The number of teenagers and young adults dying following a cancer diagnosis has fallen in the UK.

A new report from Cancer Research showed that mortality rates have fallen from around 580 per year in the mid-70s (1975-77) to around 300 today.

However, the study claims that these improvements mask a lack of drug development and clinical trial access

Nonetheless, experts believe that treating some teenagers and young adults in a similar way to children rather than adults means they are now doing better for some cancers, such as leukaemia.

Over the last 15 years, the UK has come on leaps and bounds in the leukaemias, and this is where the largest drop in deaths has been noted.

According to Cancer research, mortality rates have fallen from 54 deaths per year in 1995-1999 among male teenagers and young adults to 39 deaths in 2006-2010. In females, deaths have fallen from 38 per year to 21.

Professor Jillian Birch, a Cancer Research UK teenage cancer expert, said: “We’ve made great progress in helping more teenagers and young adults survive cancer, and today over 80 per cent will beat the disease."

Posted by Philip Briggs

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