Getting the right advice

When your health is on your mind, it’s tempting to ask Google for an instant diagnosis. But if you do that, tread carefully. There’s a lot of useful information out there, but there’s also plenty of nonsense – and there’s a reason doctors spend all those years training, too. You’re an individual, and you need individual advice from an expert. So in this section we’ve included info on where to find support you can rely on, plus details of cancer warning signs and risk factors.

If you are worried about your health, try not to keep it to yourself – talking to friends and family can really help. So can talking to a professional – like your own doctor or a nurse at your school, university or a walk-in centre. The NHS has made a commitment to offering high-quality cancer care to young people – and that includes making a quick diagnosis and communicating clearly with you.

So if you do see a doctor or nurse and don’t feel you’re being taken seriously, be persistent. Book another appointment. Take someone with you. See another doctor. And never feel bad about speaking up.

Find out more about the NHS commitment to offering quality cancer care to young people