Who to speak to
Thinking you might have cancer is tough but it’s really important to remember that you don’t need to go through it on your own.
The people who care about you – your parents, family, partner will want to know if you are worried about something and talking to them may help answer some of your questions.
If you feel you need to get some answers from a professional go and see your doctor or GP. They are used to talking about the body and personal details about what your body is doing and how you are feeling, so they're likely to be comfortable talking to you about anything that’s bothering you.
Tips on preparing what to say
If you are nervous and worried you will forget what to say, you could always write down any questions that you may have. Some young people find this very helpful. You could also talk the questions through with a parent or friend. There is nothing to be embarrassed about and by talking to them you are taking control of your own health.
Don't forget that your doctor or nurse will know about services in your area so can put you in touch with anything you might need for example, a support network for you and your family or a youth support group.
You may think that no one understands what you're going through right now. No-one is ever in exactly the same situation, but there are many other young people across the UK who have also been diagnosed with cancer or who are undergoing treatment for cancer - or they may have been through it in the past. Talking to them could help you understand what's happening to you. It can make a huge difference to how you're feeling and show you that you're not alone.