Facts and Statistics

Facts and Statistics

In 2020, about 89,500 new adolescents and young adults are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in the United States.
Cancer and cancer treatment can affect young patients’ ability to have children in the future. This can be a major concern for young cancer patients. It’s important for AYAs to discuss fertility preservation options with their doctor before they start treatment.
Lack of money to pay for medical costs during cancer treatment is a very common concern for AYAs. Young people don’t always have a job or health insurance. If they’re working, treatment can affect their ability to keep working and pay for both medical and living expenses. Financial stress may also affect AYA patients’ caregivers.

AYAs often experience a sense of isolation from friends and family who may not fully comprehend what they’re experiencing. For many AYAs it’s helpful to connect with other patients their age who have a cancer diagnosis.

AYA cancer survivors have a high risk of long-term side-effects including infertility, sexual dysfunction, heart problems, and new future cancers. Mental health illnesses are also common among AYA cancer survivors. It’s important to receive both regular physical and psychological care after cancer treatment.

Every person who reads this has been or will be affected by the diagnosis of cancer in someone they know or love. About 80,000 young adults ages 20 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. With those 80,000 young adults diagnosed, each one has a caregiver.

The statistics are staggering when you stop and let it sink in.   Lishy’s Gift does not have the cure for cancer, but we do have the ability to provide comfort and encouragement to those who find themselves diagnosed with cancer in the midst of young adulthood.

We are looking into ways we can assist with caregiver needs as well, acknowledging the distress they will endure alongside their loved one.
Lishy’s Gift is actively becoming an extension of the extraordinary care and compassion of the medical and support teams, greatly impacting the patients in their care.