Young adults are more likely than either younger children or older adults to be diagnosed with certain cancers, such as Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, melanoma, testicular cancer and sarcomas. However, the incidence of specific cancer types varies according to age. Leukemia, lymphoma, testicular cancer are the most common cancers among 15-24-year-olds. Among 25-39-year-olds, breast cancer, lymphoma and sarcoma are the most common.

Take the chance to ask Associate Consultant Poon Yi Ling Eileen from the Division of Medical Oncology at National Cancer Centre Singapore, a member of the SingHealth group, all about cancer in adolescent and young adults.

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Associate Consultant Eileen Poon Yi Ling 

Dr Eileen Poon's passion is in Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (AYAO), and she is working towards training specifically in this area. This is a field in its infancy, especially in Asia, combining both the science and art of Oncology and Medicine.

She recounts that, “Every single time I care for an AYAO patient, it never fails to humble and remind me why I am doing what I am doing. I hope to continue to learn, question and be an all-rounded oncologist, who is adept at treating patients with up-to-date science that is individualised to each patient.”

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