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14

NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017

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• 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

body.

• 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

called mutation.

• 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.

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But I'm too young to have cancer!

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