• Cancer in young people is rare, but its always good to get anything you’re worried about checked out
  • We’ve covered the basics for the most common cancers in teenagers and young adults
  • You should always get specific advice from a health professional if you’re worried

What type of cancer do I have?

There are more than 200 types of cancer, all caused by cells in your body not behaving as they should. Cancer in young people is rare, but if anything seems weird, it’s always best to check.

In this section we explain the basics about the most common cancers diagnosed in teenagers and young adults.

For each type of cancer, you can find out about warning signs, tests used to make a diagnosis and available treatments.

If you want more information, remember you can always speak to your doctors and nurses. They’ll answer all of your questions – and if you’re confused by what they say, just let them know. It’s really important to get answers that make sense to you.

Bone cancer

Find out about the types of bone cancer that can affect young people, symptoms to look out for, how it’s diagnosed and how it’s treated.

 

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Brain tumours

Find out about the different types of brain tumours that can affect young people, symptoms to look out for, how brain tumours are diagnosed and what treatment is offered.

 

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Cervical cancer

Find out about the symptoms of cervical cancer, how cervical cancer is diagnosed and treated, and the link between cervical cancer and HPV.

 

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Hodgkin lymphoma

Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of blood cancer, where certain types of white blood cells stop working properly. Find out about symptoms to look out for, how it’s diagnosed and how it’s treated.

 

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Non-Hodgkinlymphoma

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of blood cancer, where some types of white blood cells stop working properly. Find out about the symptoms and how it’s diagnosed and treated.

 

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Leukaemia

Leukaemia is the name for a group of cancers that start in your bone marrow and affect your blood cells. Find out about the symptoms and how leukaemia is diagnosed and treated.

 

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Ovarian cancer

Find out about the symptoms of ovarian cancer, how it can affect young people, and how it is diagnosed and treated.

 

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Skin cancer

Find out about the different types and symptoms of skin cancer, how skin cancer is diagnosed and treated, and how to protect your skin.

 

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Soft tissuesarcoma

Soft tissue sarcomas are cancerous tumours that grow in places like fat, muscle and blood vessels. Find out about the symptoms to look out for and how soft tissue sarcoma is diagnosed and treated.

 

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Testicular cancer

Find out about testicular cancer (one of the most common cancers in young men), the symptoms, how it’s diagnosed and what treatment is available.

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Thyroid cancer

A few different types of cancer start in the thyroid – a gland just above your collarbones in your neck which produces hormones. Find out more about the symptoms to look out for, how it’s diagnosed and what treatment is available.

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Cancer treatment

Cancer is treated in a lot of different ways – and getting your head around the options can feel overwhelming. So this section is here to guide you through what’s available and what to expect.

 

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I've got cancer

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