Every year, another 23,000 young people have to face the challenge of cancer.
- 21,000 find out their parent has cancer
- 1,000 are diagnosed with cancer
- 1,000 find out their brother or sister has cancer
These young people are up to six times more likely to experience high or very high levels of psychological distress than their peers. Without support, high levels of psychological distress can lead to difficulties at school or university, along with problematic and unhealthy coping strategies such as drug or alcohol abuse, as well as depression and anxiety. Many young people affected by cancer feel very alone and become disconnected from their friends, which can lead to social isolation and an increased risk of mental health issues.
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