Overcoming cancer

More teenagers and young adults than ever before are surviving cancer. There have been huge improvements in cancer treatment for this age group in the past 50 years.

  • More than 8 in 10 (82-85%) young people diagnosed with cancer in the UK survive their disease for five years or more (2001-05).
  • Young people's cancers survival is higher in females than males.
  • Survival for young people's cancers is improving and has increased in the last 10 years in the UK
  • In the 1990s, around three-quarters of young people diagnosed with cancer survived their disease beyond five years, now it's more than 8 in 10.

Source: Cancer Research UK