I just heard that another person in my med school class was diagnosed with cancer.
What is with that?
I feel like we should be a part of some sort of weird study or something. Or that there is an unspoken “hit us” sign somewhere.
And no, I am not making light of the situation. It sucks.
I mean, what are the odds?
There aren’t that many of us. Something like 8% of our class in 6 years have had a new diagnosis.
That being said, I also know two people that I grew up with who both died of brain tumors in the last year.
No wonder people think cancer is getting more common. And it is, kind of. But also, the population is getting bigger and we are living to be older.
I found a whole report on the issue from the SEER data.
There was an increase in the incidence young adult cancers in the 70s-2000s, but now, apparently rates have declined slightly back to the incidence in the 70s.
Only 2% of invasive cancers occur in the 15-30 year old age group. 2%!! That is it.
Some days it feels like more. Today is one of those days.
I guess that is what anyone who gets cancer or any disease thinks. It has to happen to someone, but we tend to ask, “why me?” But, why them?
It doesn’t seem fair.
But then again, cancer isn’t fair.
The good piece is that many young adult cancers are very treatable. Curable even in many.
There is still room to improve on things.
That is why I do what I do.