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June 26, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 13


Many Survivors of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers Have Chronic Health Problems, Unhealthy Behaviors

A teenage girl looking out a windowSurvivors of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers have worse health and unhealthier behaviors than people without a history of cancer, a new analysis shows. These survivors smoke more and exercise less, and they have a higher prevalence of chronic medical conditions and obesity, poorer mental and physical health, and more financial barriers to medical care access.

Results of the study, which used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, were published June 11 in Cancer. Read more > >


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  • Legislative Update

    • Congress Passes FDA User-Fee Legislation to Address Drug Shortages
  • Update

    • Blog Aims to Stimulate Fresh Thinking on Cancer Epidemiology
  • Notes

    • NCI Advisory Boards Hold Joint Meeting This Week
    • William Dahut Named Deputy Director of NCI's Center for Cancer Research
    • Research to Reality Cyber-Seminar: How to Measure Health Disparities
    • NCI Community Health Expo Will Feature Genomics, Biospecimens Research

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