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Teenage and young adult cancer statistics

Teenage and young adult cancer statistics are presented here.TYA-stats-doughnut

  • In 2008-2010, an average of 2,214 teenagers and young adults per year in the UK were diagnosed with cancer.
  • In 2009-2011, an average of 311 teenagers and young adults per year in the UK died from cancer.
  • In 2001-2005, more than 80% (81.4% in males, 84.4% in females) of teenagers and young adults in the UK survived their cancer for five years or more.

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The latest statistics available for teenage and young adult cancer are; incidence 2010, mortality 2011, and survival 2001-2005. Find out why these are the latest statistics available.


Cancer Research UK would like to thank the following people for their kind help and expert advice: Catherine O’Hara and Debasree Purkayastha, North West Cancer Intelligence Service on behalf of the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN); Professor Jillian Birch and Robert Alston, Cancer Research UK Paediatric and Familial Cancer Research Group (University of Manchester), Dr Martin McCabe (University of Manchester), and Charles Stiller, Childhood Cancer Research Group (University of Oxford). However, the contents are entirely the responsibility of Cancer Research UK.

We would also like to acknowledge the essential work of the National Cancer Registration Service (part of Public Health England) and the Office for National Statistics in England, and the cancer registries in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Population-based cancer data has been collected in most regions of the UK since the early 1960s, and without a cancer registration system there would be no incidence or survival statistics.

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Updated: 4 December 2013