The burden of malignancy in adolescents and young
adults in Jamaica is greater in females. In both genders,
increasing age is accompanied by increased incidence
rates and a progressive shift from non-epithelial
to epithelial malignancies. This shift occurs earlier in
Objective: To determine the distribution of malignancies in adolescents and young adults (AYA; 15 to 29 years) in Jamaica.
A 30-year review of lung cancers from Kingston and St Andrew, Jamaica, shows a progressive shift in the distribution of histological subtypes, mirroring similar trends that have been documented worldwide.
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A high proportion of soft tissue sarcomas in Jamaica are unclassified
and the anatomical distribution of common classified sarcomas shows
some differences with the literature. Limited access to immunohistochemistry/
molecular diagnostics and increasing core biopsy diagnosis
may contribute to these phenomena.