Get involved and learn the 5 common signs of cancer in young people, by knowing them you could help save a life. These are persistent and unexplained:

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

Worried you have cancer? See your doctor and be persistent. Keep on going back if you feel your issues are not being solved. The chances of it being cancer are very small, but it’s better to get it checked.

Find out more about cancer 

For you


Speak to your friends and family and make sure they know the 5 most common signs of cancer in young people. Print out our flyers and put them somewhere young people will see them, like at your local doctor’s surgery, youth club or gym.


Get your local school involved, make sure young people can recognise the 5 signs of cancer and encourage your teacher to download our teaching pack.

The sessions are designed to fit with PSHE, and they:

  • Teach young people the common signs of cancer
  • Demystify cancer and its treatments
  • Empower young people to look after their health

For teachers

Whilst cancer in young people is rare, with around 2,500 young people newly diagnosed each year, it’s vitally important to know the warning signs so it can be spotted early.

You can help to:

  • Empower young people
  • Teach them the common signs of cancer
  • Build their confidence to shout about changes to their health or body.
  • Encourage persistence at the doctor’s if health issues aren’t resolved.

You don’t need to be an expert to speak to young people about cancer. Our teaching pack clearly explains how cancer could affect them or those close to them. It will help you talk about cancer and answer questions in an interesting and informative way.

The pack contains information about:

  • The 5 most common signs of cancer in young people
  • Different types of cancer
  • Cancer treatments
  • Real life stories
  • A glossary of cancer terms
  • Tips for healthy living
  • Posters and leaflets

You can also download a Teenage Cancer Action Week presentation or lesson plans and interactive learning resources from our Learning Hub

We've also created a healthy lifestyles poster and a dress down day poster for use at your school too.