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Teenagers and young adults ‘more vulnerable to cancer than children’

27th May 2016

Teenagers and young adults may be more likely to die of common forms of cancer than younger children, according to a major new European study.

The EUROCARE-5 report analysed data from population-based cancer registries covering 27 European countries, estimating five-year survival for 56,505 cancer cases in children, 312,483 adolescents and young adults, and 3.57 million adults.

It was shown that adolescents and young adults have a lower chance of surviving eight relatively common types of cancer than children, even though more young people of all ages are surviving the condition than ever before.

These cancer types included acute lymphoid and myeloid leukaemias, Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, astrocytomas, Ewing's sarcoma of bone, rhabdomyosarcoma and osteosarcoma.

It was noted that this analysis pre-dates recent European initiatives to improve outcomes for adolescents and young adults, including the European Network for Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer, which fosters better collaboration between paediatric and adult oncologists, greater access to clinical trials and more tailored practice guidelines.

Lead study author Dr Annalisa Trama at the National Institute of Cancer in Milan said: "This study will provide an important starting point from which to evaluate whether these initiatives will reduce the gulf in survival between European adolescents and young adults and children with cancer."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801819345-ADNFCR

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