What’s the problem?
• Almost 12,000 young people between the ages of 13 and 25 are diagnosed with cancer each year – that is more than 30 every day, more than one every hour.
• Results for some cancers affecting young people have not improved in over 30 years.
• Teens and young adults fall into a sort of “no man’s land” when it comes to treatment; they are not really children, but should not be classified as adults, either. Seventeen year olds present a different challenge all together, and have completely different emotional and social needs than toddlers in pediatric wards or seniors in adult centers.
• Treatments are usually designed for small children or old people and may not be suitable for young people going through growth and hormonal changes.
• A clinical trial is the best chance of survival and yet very few are available for young people.
• Too many young people are still being wronged by cancer…They are our future.
What We Do
Teen Cancer America partners with hospitals throughout the United States to develop specialized facilities and services for teens and young adults with cancer. We build teen friendly environments, enhancing the hospital experience. We develop standards for age-targeted care, improve collaboration between pediatric and adult specialists and enable dedicated research to improve outcomes and survival.