As April arrives with its promise of new beginnings, it also ushers in a vital cause that touches the lives of many young people in the United Kingdom: Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) Cancer. This April, the Youth Cancer Trust (YCT) invites you to take part in TYA Cancer Awareness Month, a time for us to unite in support, inspiration, and empowerment for young individuals and their families grappling with cancer in the UK.
Each year, approximately 2,500 teenagers and young adults in the UK are diagnosed with cancer. Though medical advancements have led to improved survival rates, these young patients face unique challenges. TYA cancer patients often experience isolation as they may not fit into standard paediatric or adult oncology settings. Moreover, the long-term physical, psychological, and social effects of cancer treatments can leave a significant impact on their lives.
YCT is committed to providing the support that these young individuals require, and TYA Cancer Awareness Month is our chance to enhance our collective efforts.
A key event this month is the “Illuminate for TYA Cancer” campaign. This initiative encourages everyone to light up their homes, schools, and workplaces with gold and yellow lights – the colours symbolising childhood and adolescent cancer – as a display of support for our young people. Share your photos on social media using the hashtag #Illuminate4TYA to raise awareness and inspire others to join in.
As we commence TYA Cancer Awareness Month, let’s celebrate the strength and resilience within our young people. By raising awareness, cultivating understanding, and providing crucial support, we can make a tangible difference in the lives of those touched by cancer. Together, we can empower our young people to face their cancer journeys with hope and courage.
Join us this April in raising awareness for TYA cancer in the UK, and make a lasting impact on the lives of countless young individuals and their families.
Share your photos with us using the hashtag #Illuminate4TYA