Each year, nearly 70,000 young adults between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer. In contrast to those younger and older, survival rates for young adults have not increased since 1975, possibly due to factors such as lack of insurance, less participation in clinical trials and delayed diagnoses. The LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance is a coalition of organizations with the goal to improve the survival rates and quality of life for young adults with cancer between the ages of 15 and 40. The Alliance is committed to promoting research and the investigation of the problem, serving as a voice for the issue and promoting effective solutions.
The LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance Annual Meeting is happening this week in Austin, TX. For the keynote, we invited the 2002 winner of the reality television show Survivor Africa , Ethan Zohn, to talk about what it was like to be a young adult with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and how he has used his new-found celebrity to make change in the world. Ethan is a LIVESTRONG Global Envoy and a good friend of the foundation.