Teenage Cancer Trust: #5Signs
Next week marks Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual ‘Action Week’, which encourages teenagers, parents and health professionals to recognise the early signs of cancer – reminding us that while teenage cancer is rare, it’s vital the signs are spotted early enough to take action.
What are the five most common signs of cancer in young people?
- Pain (that doesn’t go away with pain killers)
- Lump, bump or swelling
- Extreme tiredness
- Significant weight loss
- Changes in a mole
What should you do next?
Anyone concerned about their health should speak to their GP and be persistent. Keep on going back if you feel the issues are not resolved
There are many other signs of cancer. Teenage Cancer Trust wants to empower young people to be able to spot when something changes and have the confidence to speak to doctors.
Other common signs include:
- Heavy and unexplained night sweats
- Unexplained and persistent headache
- Abnormal bleeding
- A cough, breathlessness or hoarseness that doesn’t go away
- A change in bowel habits
How can you help spread the word about the #5Signs of teenage cancer?
- Share this blog post to Facebook, Twitter or Google+
- Donate £3 by texting TEEN to 70300 and 100% goes to Teenage Cancer Trust
Find out more at www.teenagecancertrust.org/get-clued-up/action-week/.
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