More young people surviving cancer

Cancer survival rates are improving in adolescents and young adults, particularly for melanomas and germ cell tumours, a 20-year West Australian study finds.

Reviewing more than 10,000 cancer cases in 15-39-year-olds, researchers found those diagnosed from 2000-2004 were 50% less likely to die prematurely than those diagnosed in the 1980s.

For many cancers, five-year survival prospects were now "favourable" for this age group,