As part of Teenage Cancer Awareness Week (1-7 September), Independent Voices is running a five-part series of articles to raise awareness about cancer in young people (aged 13-25) and the problems they have in actually getting a diagnosis from their GPs.
We are supporting a project that will send a team of healthcare professionals into schools and universities to teach teenagers and young adults to recognise the unexplained and persistent key signs of cancer: a lump, bump or swelling, extreme tiredness, pain, significant weight loss or changes in a mole.
The Teenage Cancer Trust Education Team will advise young people to speak up if they notice one of these changes, and give teens and young people confidence in their knowledge of their own body, so that if a GP dismisses the problem, they won’t just accept it.
You can recommend that the charity’s Education team comes to your or your child’s school, college or university for free by signing up here.
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