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A startling 80% rise in cancer rates among young adults


Mar 27, 2024

An increase of about 80% in the incidence of cancer among young people has been reported. Despite the belief that young people are protected from cancer, statistics show that cancer is becoming more common in the 20-44 age group. Data collected globally indicates a rising number of young people diagnosed with cancer, with the number of cases increasing by 79% 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, maintaining a healthy lifestyle from a young age is crucial. This includes avoiding smoking, maintaining a balanced diet, staying physically active, reducing alcohol consumption, and ensuring safe sun exposure.

Recognizing suspicious symptoms is important, such as unexplained pain, weight loss, fatigue, or other persistent symptoms. If there is a suspicion of cancer, seeking medical attention early can increase the chances of a successful treatment and recovery. Specific symptoms to watch for include changes in weight, unexplained pain, lumps, changes in skin or moles, and symptoms affecting digestion or reproduction.

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

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