Educating the young on awareness of cancer

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I AM writing to your readers to tell them about Teenage Cancer Awareness Week, which has been taking place this week and runs until Friday.

Cancer in young people aged between 13 and 24 is rare but it can also be hard to diagnose, so it is really important to know the warning signs so it can be spotted early if it does occur.

The awareness week aims to educate young people, parents, teachers and health professional about the most signs and symptoms of cancer.

We want young people to notice any changes in their bodies and have the confidence to talk about them and we want doctors to think cancer quicker.

Signs and symptoms of cancer are unexplained, meaning you don’t know what’s causing them and persistent, meaning they don’t go away, always come back, or gradually get worse.

The five most common signs and symptoms of cancer in young people aged between 13 and 24 are: pain (that doesn’t go away with painkillers); a lump, bump or swelling; extreme tiredness (meaning you find it hard to stay awake); significant weight loss (more than a few pounds); and a change in a mole.

For more information about the common signs and symptoms of cancer, visit www.teenagecancertrust.org

SIMON DAVIES

Chief Executive

Teenage Cancer Trust