Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Awareness Week

This week is Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Awareness week, April 5th – April 11th. Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Awareness week was created to raise awareness about the unique challenges that AYA cancer survivors face each day and to show how their community can help. The Appendix Cancer Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (ACPMP) Research Foundation would like to share some facts and resources with you to educate and raise awareness.


  • Adolescent and Young Adult cancer patients (AYA) range from 15-39 years old
  • 89,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer every year in the U.S.
  • AYAs account for about 5% of cancers
  • Young cancer survivors are at risk for long term side effects from chemotherapy
  • In 2020, 89,500 AYAs were diagnosed with cancer
  • Appendix cancer and PMP affect men and women almost equally. The age at diagnosis ranges from teens to late in life, with most individuals diagnosed in their 40’s and 50’s.


Appendix Cancer and Adolescents / Young Adults:

Recently the Appendix Cancer Pseudomyxoma Peritonei Research Foundation co-hosted an educational webinar with Dr. Andreana Holowatyj of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, “Appendix Cancer in Young Adults: A Distinct Disease Burden”. As the incidence of appendiceal cancer continues to rise with causes unknown (incidence rates of individuals of all ages with appendix cancer have risen 232% between 2000 and 2016 in the United States), little is currently known about the risk factors and etiologies of this rare malignancy—particularly among young individuals. There is currently little knowledge of the unique appendix cancer burden among individuals younger than age 50 years at diagnosis.
Research published by Dr. Andreana Holowatyj:


Resources for AYA cancer survivors and patients:

  • Emotional Support for Young People with Cancer
  • Young Adult Survivors United. The virtual health & wellness community for young adult cancer survivors to cope and thrive with emotional/mental health, social, financial, and spiritual support; the comprehensive care model that enhances their quality of life.
  • “Between Two Kingdoms” by Suleika Jaouad. A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission to re-entry into “normal” life—from the author of the Life, Interrupted column in The New York Times
  • Stupid Cancer Resources. Stupid Cancer helps to empower everyone affected by adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer by ending isolation and building community so that everyone in the AYA community is supported, understood, and accepted.