Tuesday 16th August 2016

 

It may be summer holiday time (and if you're off on holiday, remember to protect your skin!) but the world of policy hasn't stopped...

New findings published on cancer education in schools

We've been continuing to call for cancer education in all secondary schools, building on our Parliamentary reception in July where we launched a new report demonstrating its impact. 

At the event, kindly sponsored by Karen Lumley MP, we heard how Teenage Cancer Trust’s Education and Awareness Programme works for schools and teachers.  And Cally Palmer CBE, National Cancer Director at NHS England, set out how the programme is aligned with the new England Cancer Strategy.  The report shows that after one education session, recognition among young people of signs of cancer rose by up to 30%.  And recognition of cancer risks rose by up to 26%.  Importantly, young people went on to share that information with their friends and family, meaning that by educating young people we’re able to spread the prevention message to the older generation as well. 

But it’s not just about prevention.  Young people who have cancer need to be diagnosed more quickly.  We know that 37% of young people with cancer are diagnosed in A&E, compared to just 13% of adults.  And of those, more than a quarter had previously seen their GP with cancer symptoms but had not been referred to a specialist. 

We were joined at the reception by MPs and Peers from a range of parties, representatives from NHS England, Public Health England and others from across the health and education sectors, many who pledged their support for our work.  Check out the gallery to see more from the event.  We’re really grateful to all those who took the time to come along, or to support us from home, and we’ll continue to work with partners to deliver our ambition of educating every young person about cancer. 

We believe that right now, in 2016, we have a unique opportunity to change the health experience of all young people.  Equipping secondary school students with the knowledge they need to seek help if they need it now, as well as to protect their health in later life, is an opportunity we must embrace.  

If you want to find out more about our work on cancer education, or to invite the Education team to a school near you, then please get in touch

New Glasgow unit opens

At the end of July we were delighted to welcome Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, to our new Teenage Cancer Trust unit in Glasgow.  Shona joined our Honorary Patrons Sarah, Duchess of York, and Roger Daltrey CBE, and our Ambassador Kevin Bridges to launch the new unit at the Royal Hospital for Children. 

The opening comes at an exciting time for teenage cancer services in Scotland.  Over the last few months the Government have published their new cancer strategy and a standalone cancer plan for children and young people in Scotland.  Both documents include very positive commitments to supporting young people throughout the cancer pathway, including providing a national model of care and increasing access to appropriate services and treatments.  We’re looking forward to working with NHS and the Government to help deliver these plans over the coming years. 

Find out more about the new unit, the official opening, and how we work in Scotland and across the devolved nations.