Rising Cancer Rates in Young People: Understanding the Risks and Seeking Support

A startling 80% rise in cancer rates among young adults

Despite the widespread belief that young people are immune to cancer, recent statistics indicate that cancer rates are on the rise in the 20-44 age group. In fact, global data shows an increase of about 80% in the incidence of cancer among young people between 1990 and 2019.

In Israel, common types of cancer among young people include testicular cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, malignant melanoma, breast cancer, and thyroid cancer. To prevent cancer, it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle from a young age. This includes avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, eating a balanced diet, staying physically active, and ensuring safe sun exposure.

It is also crucial to recognize suspicious symptoms such as unexplained pain, weight loss, fatigue or other persistent symptoms. If there is any suspicion of cancer, seeking medical attention early can significantly increase the chances of successful treatment and recovery. Specific symptoms to watch out for include changes in weight, unexplained pain or lumps in different parts of the body such as skin or moles or digestive or reproductive system symptoms.

The Association to Fight Cancer provides free support and resources for young people facing cancer such as support groups, workshops, counseling services and advocacy in the health system. For more information or to access these services individuals can contact the teleinformation line or visit their website.

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