Teenage Cancer Trust

TCT

March of the Mods is currently raising money and awareness for Teenage Cancer Trust, and these are some of the reasons why.

Some Facts & Statistics:

Every day in the UK, six young people aged 13 to 24 are told they
have cancer. That’s about 2,100 young people a year.

Cancer is the number one cause of non-accidental death in young
adults in the UK.

One in 312 males and one in 361 females will get cancer before
they are 20.

Boys up to the age of 15 have a one in 450 chance of developing
cancer, rising to one in 208 by the time they reach 24.
Girls up to the age of 15 have a one in 517 chance of developing
cancer, rising to one in 239 by the time they reach 24.

Incidence rates are now higher in 13 to 24 year-olds than in
children, yet survival rates for this age group have not improved
as much.

In England, five year survival stats for teenage and young adults
(TYA) are approximately 69% for males and 73% for females.
However due to the spectrum of tumours arising in teenagers and
young adults this varies from 89% for male germ cell tumours
(e.g. testicular), to 42% for males with Leukaemia and 46% for
bone sarcoma.

Young people get some of the most aggressive cancers. But because
only 0.6% of all cancers occur in young people, they are often
misdiagnosed initially. This decreases their chances of survival
and can mean they are excluded from clinical trials.

61% of young people with cancer felt their diagnosis could have
been made quicker. 21% of young patients reported that their GP’s
did not refer them to a specialist at all, despite almost 59%
presenting at least two of the most common cancer symptoms: pain,
lump/swelling, tiredness, headache or drastic weight loss.

For more information regarding Teenage Cancer Trust please click on their logo on this page.