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Cancer in young people
aged 19-24

There are many different types of cancer and virtually any cancer can affect people aged between 19 and 24. But there are some types that are more common in this age group.

These include bone tumours, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and acute myeloid leukaemia, Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, testicular cancer, ovarian germ cell tumours, thyroid cancer, brain tumours, skin cancer and soft tissue sarcomas.

Some hospitals now have teenage and young adult cancer units, which provide care and treatment especially for this age range. You may be able to choose to receive your care and treatment on one of these units, or you may choose to receive this care on an adult cancer unit.

Find out more about your choices.

Read more about cancer types and terms in the Cancer Research UK glossary