Being diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 13 and 24 is exceptionally rare, accounting for less than 1% of all of the cancers diagnosed in the UK each year. That being said, each and every day in the UK 7 young people receive the devastating news that they have cancer. 

Most common cancers

The most common teenage and young adult cancers by type in 15-24 year olds (Cancer Research UK [2013], Cancer Stats Report: Teenage and young adult cancer):

Most common in young men: germ cell tumours (e.g. testicular cancer) (27%)
Most common in young women: carcinomas (e.g. thyroid, cervix, bowel and ovary) (31%)

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