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J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2018 Feb;7(1):130-133. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2017.0060. Epub 2017 Sep 27.

"Learning, Education, Awareness, Prevention (L.E.A.P.) Young Adult Cancer": An Education and Outreach Program.

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1 Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Nationwide Children's Hospital , Columbus, Ohio.
2 Division of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University , Columbus, Ohio.


Delayed diagnosis due to lack of education may contribute to lack of improvement in adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survival. This program sought to educate trainees and AYAs in the community. The "Learning, Education, Awareness, Prevention (L.E.A.P) Young Adult Cancer" outreach program was developed to teach the most common AYA cancers, signs and symptoms associated with them, and prevention. A total of 150 trainees were educated and presented to 1000 high school students in Columbus. Pre- and post-testing demonstrated increases in AYA cancer knowledge of both groups. Empowering medical professionals with AYA knowledge early in their learning may impact the way they examine and educate patients throughout their medical career.


community outreach; early detection; high school students; prevention; trainee education


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