Unimmune to Cancer: The Surprising Rise of Cancer Cases Among Young People in Israel

A startling 80% rise in cancer rates among young adults

Despite the common belief that young people are immune to cancer, global statistics indicate a startling increase in cancer cases among the 20-44 age group. In fact, the incidence of cancer among this age group has risen by approximately 79% between 1990 and 2019.

In Israel, young people are not immune to cancer either. Common types of cancer among this age group 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 early on as well. Some common symptoms to watch for include unexplained pain or weight loss, fatigue or persistent symptoms that do not go away. If there is any suspicion of cancer, seeking medical attention promptly can increase the chances of successful treatment and recovery.

The Association to Fight Cancer offers free support and resources for young people facing cancer. These resources 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 the website for more information on how to prevent and manage cancer effectively.

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