Des Moines University

Katie Miller Young Adult Cancer Conference: Fertility and Family Planning

Wednesday, May 5 at 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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More than 60,000 young adults aged 20 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. About 4% of all cancers are diagnosed in people in this age range. About 9,000 young adults die from cancer each year. Cancer is the 4th leading cause of death in this age group, behind only accidents, suicide, and homicide. It’s the leading cause of death from disease among females in this age group and is second only to heart disease among males.

Survival rates for cancer in young adults have not changed much in recent decades, unlike the improvements seen in many cancers in children and older adults. Survival rates can vary a great deal, based on the type of cancer and other factors.

Young adults with cancer face many challenges, from the first onset of problems through treatment and beyond. Learn the importance of early detection of cancer in young adults, along with its treatments. Too often, symptoms or warning signs are ignored or dismissed due to the age of the patient.  It is seen as something that occurs more predominately in the older population.  With more research, discussion, and public awareness, maybe the key symptoms that might have otherwise been dismissed will be detected early on.

Event Type

Meetings, Lectures and Conferences, Continuing Medical Education, Training and Workshops

Target Audience

Students, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public


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