WHY IT MATTERS
70,000 Young People, Ages 15 to 39, Are Diagnosed With Cancer Every Year.
That’s 1 Every 8 Minutes.
Here’s how cancer impacts a young person’s life.
Young adults are more susceptible to delayed diagnoses. There is little to no emphasis on prevention and early detection.“I didn’t even know that young people our age could get cancer…”
Teens and young adults are already faced with numerous pressure filled decisions and challenges ranging from graduating college, starting their career, getting married, buying a home and supporting a family. But every year, roughly 70,000 hear:“YOU HAVE CANCER.”
Young adults can receive cancer treatment in a Pediatric Hospital or an Adult Hospital. But they don’t belong in either. They have social, medical and psychosocial needs that differ from children and older adults, including:How their treatment affect their fertility
How they can continue to support their family
How they’ll maintain insurance
How to live with a new normal
The end of cancer treatment is the beginning of healing and a new normal. This includes careful long-term follow-up with your medical team and making healthy life choices to remain strong. It is important to be knowledgeable and watchful for potential side effects from your treatment. While physical health is important, emotional and psychological health is essential to full recovery.
AYA CANCER FACTS & FIGURES
HONOR & TRIBUTE PAGES
A beautiful way to honor a loved one affected by cancer is to set up an honor or memorial page that celebrates their life and helps create tangible change for other young patients suffering from cancer. We grieve those we have lost and are thankful for the impact their lives have had on all of us. Families are able to choose where the funds are spent within the Rutledge Foundation mission.