The Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium (WCCCC) is working to support the state’s young adult cancer survivors by bringing them together in a new group.
“We are looking for young adult cancer survivors to help start a Wyoming chapter of the ‘Stupid Cancer’ organization,” says Jessica Perez, WCCCC outreach coordinator with the Wyoming Department of Health. Stupid Cancer is a national non-profit organization designed to support young adults affected by cancer.
Perez said there were more than 557 young adult (between the ages of 15 and 39) cancer survivors living in Wyoming in 2009.
“Young adults are a largely overlooked and perhaps less understood group in the war on cancer,” she said. “For example, young adult survivors may have concerns that are different than older survivors such as fertility questions; body image; cognitive function; late treatment effects; and issues related to education, employment and insurance.”
“Experts also tell us cancer survival rates for young adults have not improved as much as for other age groups,” Perez said. “It’s also believed that young adults have less likely to have insurance coverage, which may lead to delayed diagnosis and care for cancer.”
“The bottom line is we want to ensure young adults battling this disease in Wyoming know they are not alone. That can be one of the worst feelings,” Perez said “We want people to know there are others in Wyoming they can relate with who are tackling the same obstacles.”
To get involved with the new chapter as a survivor or for more information, please contact Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-777-7362.