Young people with cancer: improved outcomes

Over the past few decades, death rates in adolescents and young adults related to cancer have more than halved in Australia, from 62 to 29 deaths per million population, finds a new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report. The report notes the five-year relative survival rate for all cancers combined in people aged 15 to 24 years increased from 79 to 90% between 1984 to 1988 and 2014 to 2018. In 2014 to 2018, the most commonly diagnosed cancers in this age group were Hodgkin lymphoma, melanoma and testicular germ cell cancers. Although incidence rates were high, all three cancer types had a five-year relative survival rate of at least 97%. Read the report at: