A recent study has found that close to 80 percent of those diagnosed with cancer in their late teens, 20s and 30s in Japan are women.
The National Center for Child Health and Development and the National Cancer Center Japan gathered data from more than 800 hospitals across the country. They analyzed the data of patients who were diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and 2017.
There were 57,788 cancer patients in that age group. Of them, 44,946, or about 78 percent, were women.
That is significantly different from the situation with older generations, in which the majority of cancer patients are men.
About 35 percent of cancer patients of that age group were diagnosed as being in the early stages of cervical cancer or breast cancer.
Kimikazu Matsumoto of the National Center for Child Health and Development noted that many female patients in that age group are busy with work and family.
He said that medical services and a support system designed for them are needed.