NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017
• More than 70,000 AYAs—people between 15 and
39 years old—are diagnosed with cancer.
• Cancer is a disease that starts in the cells of your
• Cancer cells can spread to other body parts
through the blood or lymphatic system.
• Doctors know that cancer gets its start when
something goes wrong with the genes—a process
• It’s estimated that only 5 out of a 100 of cancer
cases in the U.S. are diagnosed in people
between 15 and 39 years of age.
• Younger patients often have fewer medical
conditions, which means they can tolerate more
intense than usual (aggressive) treatment.
But I'm too young to have cancer!