Collection of on-line information about environmental links to cancer in young adults (aged 20-44 years).

Cancer incidence among young adults (aged 20-44 years) in Canada has increased significantly since the 1970s at an overall rate of more than two per cent per year. Significant increases have occurred for thyroid cancer and Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in both young women and young men, brain cancers in young women and testicular cancer among young men. There can be multiple contributing causes of cancer, including environmental risk factors. The causes of these increases in young adults are not known. However, cancer is known to develop after a long latency period. Concern exists about exposures that occur during the time of rapid cell division and vulnerable development in the womb or early childhood. Parental exposures, even prior to conception, are also of concern. See related information in the collection entitled Exploring the Connections Between Early Environmental Exposures and Chronic Disease.

Publications and On-line Resources

In the News

May 31, 2011

Press release No. 208 from the International Agency for Research on Cancer

Jul 09, 2008
They're underrepresented in clinical trials and sometimes misdiagnosed. Their rates are rising. But as young adult patients mobilize, Hayley Mick finds, they're becoming 'the buzz in onco-town.'