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Teenage and young adult cancer statistics

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  • An average of 2,234 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 2009-2011.
  • 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 in 2001-2005.

 

Stats, info and publications

See our Key Facts for a summary of the main stats and information.

See in-depth statistics for Incidence, Mortality, Survival, Risk factors, and Diagnosis and treatment.

See our infographic for a visual version of some of this data.

Download our publications about these statistics:

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

Statistics for specific diagnostic groups and subtypes in the UK are also available for 2000-2009.

The ICD codes for all teenage and young adult cancers incidence are ICD-10 C00-C97 excluding C44 (all invasive cancers excluding non-melanoma skin cancers), and ICD-10 D32-D33, D35.2-D35.4, D42-D43 and D44.3-D44.5 (all benign, uncertain brain, other central nervous system [CNS] and intracranial tumours). 

The ICD codes for all teenage and young adult cancers mortality are ICD-10 C00-C97 (all malignant tumours), and ICD-10 D32-D33, D35.2-D35.4, D42-D43 and D44.3-D44.5 (all benign, uncertain brain, other central nervous system [CNS] and intracranial tumours). 

'Teenagers and young adults' refers to 15 to 24 year olds, inclusively. 

Due to the rarity of cancer in teenagers and young adults compared with the adult population, incidence rates are quoted per million rather than per 100,000 population.

Survival statistics give an overall picture of survival and (unless otherwise stated) include all teenagers and young adults (15-24) diagnosed, at all ages, stages and co-morbidities. The survival time experienced by an individual patient may be much higher or lower, depending on specific patient and tumour characteristics. If you are a patient, please see our CancerHelp UK pages

Specific questions and answers about some of Cancer Research UK's statistics and information and explanations on terminology used for statistics and reporting of cancer, and the methods used to calculate some of the statistics are also available. 

Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the essential work of the cancer registries in the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries, without which there would be no data.

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Updated: 21 May 2014