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ORIGINAL ARTICLE: PEDIATRIC AND ADOLESCENT CANCERS
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 180-182

Adolescents and young adults: A study of distribution of cancer at ages 15–39 years in a tertiary care hospital from North India: Epidemiological considerations


1 Department of Radiotherapy, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Urology, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Ajay Gupta
Department of Radiotherapy, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/sajc.sajc_263_16

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Purpose: This study aimed to analyze cancer pattern among adolescents and young adults (AYA) in a tertiary care center in North India. Materials and Methods: A retrospective study from January 2011 to December 2014 was undertaken on AYA cancer patients (aged 15–39 years). Results: Totally 1077 cases of AYA cancers were identified for analyzing the frequency and pattern of cancer distribution. The most common cancer was head and neck (32%) followed by breast (14.2%). The distribution pattern was observed to be varying in different age groups with lymphoma, leukemia, bone tumors, and sarcomas in adolescents while carcinomas being more frequent in young adults. Conclusion: Cancer distribution patterns are distinct among AYA in terms of epidemiology and biology.


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