If you are a young person who is living with cancer, we have information and support especially for you.
Our cancer guide for young people answers questions you may have. It includes tips and advice from other young people who are living with cancer.
Cancer in teenagers and young adults is quite rare. Most cancers are diagnosed in people over the age of 65.
Certain cancers are more likely to affect teenagers and young adults. We have information about some of these.
Soft tissue sarcoma
Soft tissue sarcomas are cancers that develop from cells in the soft, supporting tissues of the body. Soft tissue includes muscle, cartilage, fat, fibrous tissue, nerves and blood vessels. The types of sarcoma that are most likely to affect young people are:
- synovial sarcoma
- soft tissue
- Ewing sarcoma
You could use our Online Community to share your experience, meet other people going through the same things, ask questions or read other people’s posts. You can access it any time of day or night. It is for anyone aged 16 and over who is affected by cancer. You may find the group for people diagnosed at a young age a good place to start.
There are also organisations that provide information and support for teenagers and young adults with cancer.
Offers information and support for people aged 13 to 24. They build cancer units for teenagers and young adults in hospitals, and organise support and information services for patients, their families, schools and health professionals.
Provides clinical, practical and emotional support to help children, teenagers and young people cope with cancer and get the most out of life.
Provides cancer information for people aged 13 to 24. They fund and support research into teenage and young adult cancers.