Alarming Rise in Cancer Among Young People: Understanding the Risks and Seeking Support

A startling 80% rise in cancer rates among young adults

Despite the common belief that young people are protected from cancer, global data shows a significant increase in the incidence of cancer among the 20-44 age group. In Israel, the most common types of cancer among young people include testicular cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, malignant melanoma, breast cancer, and thyroid cancer. To prevent cancer, it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle from an early age. This includes avoiding smoking, eating a balanced diet, staying physically active, reducing alcohol consumption and ensuring safe sun exposure.

It is crucial to recognize suspicious symptoms such as unexplained pain, weight loss, fatigue or other persistent symptoms. If there is any suspicion of cancer, seeking medical attention early can increase the chances of successful treatment and recovery. Symptoms to watch out for include changes in weight, unexplained pain, lumps or changes in skin or moles and symptoms affecting digestion or reproduction.

The Association to Fight Cancer provides free support and resources for young people facing cancer. These services include support groups, workshops, counseling services and advocacy in the health system. Young people can access these services by contacting the teleinformation line or visiting their website for more information.

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