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Teenage and young adult cancer Key Facts

TYA-stats-doughnutKey messages on incidence, survival, mortality, risk factors (causes) and a summary table of the statistics for teenage and young adult cancer are given here.

More comprehensive information and statistics for teenage and young adult cancer is here: incidence, mortality, survival, risk factors and diagnosis and treatment.

The latest statistics available for teenage and young adult cancer are; incidence 2009-2011, mortality 2009-2011, and survival 2001-2005. Source years are specified in the statistics table. Find out why these are the latest statistics available.

 

About teenage and young adult cancer

  • 'Teenage and young adult' (TYA) refers to 15-24 year-olds, inclusively.
  • TYA cancer includes all malignant tumours (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer), and all benign, uncertain and unknown behaviour brain, other central nervous system [CNS] and intracranial tumours. 
  • TYA cancer bridges the gap between paediatric and adult oncology, with a wide spectrum of cancers being diagnosed in this age group.
  • TYA cancers can be grouped into ten types:

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How common is teenage and young adult cancer?

Read more in-depth teenage and young adult cancer incidence statistics.

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How many teenagers and young adults survive cancer?

Read more in-depth teenage and young adult cancer survival statistics.

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How many teenagers and young adults die from cancer?

Read more in-depth teenage and young adult cancer mortality statistics.

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What causes cancer in teenagers and young adults?

Read more in-depth teenage and young adult cancer risk factors.

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Teenage and young adult cancer statistics table

TEENAGE AND YOUNG ADULT CANCER STATISTICS Males
15-24
Females
15-24
Persons
15-24
Country Year3
Number of new cases per year1 1,153 1,081 2,234 UK 2009-2011
Incidence rate per million population2 276.0 264.1 270.2
Number of deaths per year1 181 130 311 UK 2009-2011
Mortality rate per million population2 43.5 31.8 37.8
Five-year survival rate 81.4% 84.4% - UK 2001-2005

1. Average of the last three years, including benign, uncertain or unknown behaviour brain, CNS and intracranial tumours    2. European age-standardised    3. Latest statistics available

More detailed teenage and young adult cancer statistics can be found using these links: incidence, survival, mortality and risk factors.

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Updated: 21 May 2014