'Too Young for Cancer' And Demanding Action

November 9, 2010

The Wall Street Journal

The grim statistics have become a rallying point for activist groups: Some 72,000 Americans aged 15 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer every year, and more than 10,000 die. They make up less than 10% of all cancer patients, but survival rates for teens and young adults have barely budged since 1975, while those for children and older people have made dramatic gains.

Now progress is slowly being made toward understanding that age gap and creating a niche for young adults in a system that has been starkly divided between pediatrics and adult care, where the average cancer patient is 67 years old... Read More