We fight to improve the lives of people affected by cancer
Planet Cancer is a LIVESTRONG Initiative
Planet Cancer was founded by young adults in their 20s; either in the midst of or barely out of treatment for cancer. Not only had they endured the incredible indignity of a cancer diagnosis in what should have been the best years of health, they had also all suffered from an immense void in services and support for young cancer patients. The majority of the other patients they encountered were separated by mental, emotional and physical lifetimes. As young adults with cancer, they felt that they had fallen through the cracks, and they wanted to reach out to others having the same experience.
Every year, nearly 70,000 young adults between 18 and 40 will be diagnosed with cancer in the U.S., representing nearly 7 percent of all cancer diagnoses. The young adults served by Planet Cancer are marginalized in a medical infrastructure that does not have a "home" for them, lacking specific resources geared toward their unique needs and issues. Survival rates for this age group have not improved in over 30 years, yet the medical community still doesn't recognize young adults as a specific group in need of unique medical, emotional and psychosocial tools.
Planet Cancer exists to provide a critical community of peer support and advocacy for young adults with cancer.
We're here to connect young adults with each other, to empower them and to help them access support and resources they wouldn't have known about otherwise. We're also here to raise our voices in the medical and research communities on behalf of young adults; to say: Young adults do get cancer. We do have unique needs. Our survival rates are not improving. Don't let us fall through the cracks for one more minute.
Planet CancerFrom fertility issues to dumb things people say about a cancer diagnosis to death, the My Planet social network is the world's largest online community of young adults who have been affected by cancer.
Get One-On-One SupportContact LIVESTRONG Navigation Services at 855.220.7777 or online to get free, confidential support for anyone affected by cancer.
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