Raising awareness of teenage cancer

Teenage Cancer Awareness Week is running from October 1 to 7, and all secondary school teachers across the country are encouraged to get involved and speak to young people about cancer.

Parents are also urged to encourage their son or daughter’s secondary schools to take part.

Six young people are diagnosed with cancer every day, that’s around 2,500 a year. As cancer in young people is rare, the symptoms can be easily missed, whilst young people often put off going to the doctors because they are scared, embarrassed or lack confidence.

The Teenage Cancer Trust feel they owe it to the six young people diagnosed every day to arm secondary school pupils with basic information about cancer. This includes the most common signs of cancer in 13 to 24 year olds, which are persistent and unexplained symptoms such as pain; a lump, bump or swelling, extreme tiredness, significant weight loss and changes in a mole.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “This isn’t about scaring young people.

“We want to empower them to speak up if they are worried.

“Most of the time the problem will be something else, but it’s important young people have the confidence to talk about it, just in case.”

Please get involved and encourage your local secondary school to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer in young people between October 1 and 7.

Free Teenage Cancer Awareness Week leaflets, posters and teaching packs can be downloaded from www.teenagecancertrust.org. Teachers can contact the education team on 020 7612 0398 or education@teenagecancertrust.org.