What Are the Key Statistics for Cancers in Young Adults?
More than 60,000 young adults aged 20 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. About 4% of all cancers are diagnosed in people in this age range.
About 9,000 young adults die from cancer each year. Cancer accounts for nearly 10% of deaths and is the 4th leading cause of death in this age group, behind only accidents, suicide, and homicide. It’s the leading cause of death from disease among females in this age group, and is second only to heart disease among males.
Young women are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than young men, but young men and women are equally likely to die of cancer.
Survival rates for cancer in young adults have not changed much in recent decades, unlike the improvements seen in many cancers in children and older adults. Survival rates vary based on the type of cancer and other factors, and are discussed in the section Survival rates in young adults with cancer.
Last Medical Review: February 18, 2014 Last Revised: June 10, 2015
- Cancers That Develop in Young Adults
- What Are the Key Statistics for Cancers in Young Adults?
- What Are the Risk Factors and Causes of Cancers in Young Adults?
- Can Cancers in Young Adults Be Prevented?
- Finding Cancer in Young Adults
- How Are Cancers in Young Adults Treated?
- Survival Rates in Young Adults With Cancer
- Late and Long-term Effects of Cancer Treatment in Young Adults
- Special Issues for Young Adults With Cancer
- References: Cancer in Young Adults