Cancer Education for Young Adults

Ensure 'Cancer Awareness' is taught to all pupils in secondary education.

The majority of young people are unaware that cancer can affect them at any age, and believe that 'cancer is for the elderly.

Many young adults are unaware that some forms of cancer in particular predominately affect the younger population. For example, Testicular Cancer is the most common form of cancer in men aged 15 to 35, and Breast Cancer is most common in 25 to 39 year olds.

Young adults are more likely than either younger children or older adults to be diagnosed with certain cancers.

A number of charities offer to deliver cancer education in an age appropriate manner to young adults, examples being Coppafeel for Breast Cancer, and It's On The Ball for Testicular Cancer (Note: I am connected with It's On The Ball).

Why the contribution is important

Knowing the signs and symptoms of the most common form of cancer is a life skill that everyone should be aware of from early on in in adult life. Also the importance of reporting to a GP as soon as there are any concerns should be emphasised.

Early detection and diagnosis will not only save lives, but will reduce the severity of treatment, nd lead to improved outcomes and reduce long term effects, as well reducing the cost and burden to the NHS and society.

by Tobi on September 16, 2019 at 10:18AM

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