8th Annual National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week - April 4-10, 2010".
Posted Apr 04 2010 7:00am
If you are between your teens and your early 40's you're considered to be a young adult in the cancer world. Congratulations, you get a week!
When Vital Options was founded in 1983 it was the first and only organization for young adults with cancer. Today just by reading this blog you know that there are dozens of organizations and resources out there. I think it's due to the internet, now we know we're not really alone.
Vital Options Call to Action this year is encouraging young adults to talk to their doctors and knowing how to make healthy lifestyle choices.
There can be no question that dealing with cancer in your 20's or 30's is a different issue than in your 60's and 70's. Young adults have many times not yet "settled down", had children, not to mention career, insurance and financial issues.
Young adult cancers likely have different biological factors; for example - my breast cancer didn't come because I used hormone replacement therapy. I warn you though, be careful who you say this to. I was flamed off of a major breast cancer message board for daring raise the idea that the disease is different.
In 2003, Vital Options launched National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week®, and organizations and clinical institutions throughout North America partner to raise awareness about the unique needs of this age group.