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Has adolescent cancer survival improved?

Childhood cancer incidence and survival has increased slightly over the past few decades. One number commonly sited is a 13 percent increase in incidence since the 1980s. It is not well known why childhood cancer has been increasing. However, survival is also increasing. More than 80 percent of children will survive more than five years. That is an increase from a 58 percent five-year survival rate in the mid seventies.

Dr. Richard Ricciardi
Advanced Practice Nursing Specialist

Leukemia and Lymphoma are the most common type of cancer in adolescents. Yes, new treatments for Leukemia and Lymphoma have improved survival rates, however there needs to be more research done on adolescents and young adults with cancer. If you are an adolescent, please be sure to wear your sunscreen as this will cut down on skin damage and reduce your risk of getting melanoma (cancer of the skin).

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