Study shines light on ‘staggering’ mental health fallouts for young adults who battled cancer – CTV

Sept. 1, 2022

New research finds a staggering number of adult cancer survivors showed significantly worse mental health compared to their peers who did not battle the disease.

The study was conducted in partnership with Young Adults with Cancer in their Prime (YAC Prime) and Dr. Sheila Garland from Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador.

It surveyed 622 diagnosed young adults across Canada to explore the physical, social, financial and emotional challenges they face compared to those without cancer.

It found 50 per cent of young adult cancer survivors who are six or more years post-treatment showed significantly worse mental health compared to just nine per cent of their peers without cancer.

Nick Evans knows this reality all too well.

He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2009 when he was 21 years old. He underwent an orchiectomy, removing one of his testicles. From there, no further treatments were needed, and he could seemingly return to normal life, but it was not so simple.

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