Shocking Rise in Young People’s Cancer Diagnoses: The Need for Early Detection and Lifestyle Changes

A startling 80% rise in cancer rates among young adults

Despite the belief that young people are protected from cancer, statistics show that the incidence of cancer is increasing among this age group. In fact, data collected globally indicates a rise in the number of young people diagnosed with cancer between 1990 and 2019. This increase was 79%.

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, it’s crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle from an early age. This includes avoiding smoking, eating a balanced diet, staying physically active, reducing alcohol consumption and ensuring safe sun exposure.

Recognizing suspicious symptoms is also important. If there is a suspicion of cancer, seeking medical attention early can increase the chances of successful treatment and recovery. Specific symptoms to watch for include changes in weight, unexplained pain, lumps or nodes under the skin or near lymph nodes or glands in your neck or armpit; changes in skin or moles; and symptoms affecting digestion or reproduction like abdominal pain or swelling or vaginal bleeding that lasts longer than one week.

The Association to Fight Cancer offers free support and resources for young people facing cancer. These services include support groups, workshops for patients and their families

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