Jewish Montrealers sensitize public on cancer in young adults

Written by Mike Cohen,  Jewish Tribune

Regrettably, cancer has touched someone you are or have been close to. But did you know that cancer strikes close to 10,000 young adults aged 18 to 39 across Canada every year?

A cancer diagnosis at this stage of life presents unique physical and psychosocial challenges as young adults struggle to achieve independence while coping with the physical, social, financial and psychological ramifications of a life-threatening illness. Cancer treatments often have a major impact on fertility, sexuality, physical function and appearance. Unfortunately, lack of awareness by health care professionals about cancer in this age group can lead to delayed diagnosis.

In Montreal, two events are expected to bring this topic to the forefront this month through a coalition of organizations spearheaded by Hope and Cope of the Jewish General Hospital and the New Leadership Division of the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF).

Click here to read this article on the AYA activities happening in Montreal.