Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Responding to the new guidance, Simon Fuller, Director of Services at Teenage Cancer Trust said,

Prolonged diagnosis is a major issue for teenagers and young adults with cancer, and their symptoms are frequently misdiagnosed. We have worked with schools and health professionals for many years to raise awareness of the 5 common signs of cancer in young people and we are very pleased to see that young people with cancer are distinctly recognised in these guidelines. We believe it’s critical that the new approaches outlined by NICE are monitored and evaluated to assess how helpful it is for professionals and in improving diagnosis so cancer patients have a better experience and improved chances of survival.

Teenage Cancer Action Week runs from 28 September to 4 October 2015. The five most common signs of cancer in young people are PERSISTENT and UNEXPLAINED:

  • Pain
  • Lump, bump or swelling
  • Significant weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Changes in a mole