Teenage Cancer Awareness Week
Would you know if you had cancer?
Cancer in young people is rare, with approximately 2,500 new cases diagnosed each year. It is also sometimes difficult to diagnose making it vitally important that everyone understands the warning signs so it can be spotted early if it does occur.
Teenage Cancer Awareness Week will help you (as well as your parents, teachers and health professionals) spot the signs and symptoms of cancer.
Some signs and symptoms of cancer are very similar to other less harmful health problems you may experience throughout life. But you need to know the warning signs of cancer, just in case.
Nobody knows your body better than you! Be ready to spot when something changes.
Download posters and flyers about the signs and symptoms of cancer.> More about Spread the word
We believe it is very important to provide clear information about cancer to young people so they can understand how it could affect them or those close to them.> More about Awareness week for teachers
Every day in the UK, six young people aged between 13 and 24 hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Statistics from Cancer Research UK in 2008 listed the most common cancers in young…> More about Cancer in young people
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The signs and symptoms of cancer are:
meaning you don’t know what’s causing them
meaning they don’t go away, always come back, or gradually get worse.
The five most common signs and symptoms of cancer are:
- Pain (that doesn't go away with painkillers)
- A lump, bump or swelling
- Extreme tiredness (meaning you find it hard to stay awake)
- Significant weight loss (more than a few pounds)
- Changes in a mole