General Article I am worried I have cancer

Topic Selected: Cancer Book Volume: 433

Cancer in teenagers and young adults accounts for around 1% of all cancer diagnoses. Around 2400 teenagers and young adults (aged 15-24) are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK

If you are worried about any changes in your body, it’s important to get these checked out by your GP. If you have any of the symptoms below, especially if they last for a while or you can’t explain them, you should make an appointment with your doctor.

Common symptoms

  • Pain, that doesn’t go away quickly when you take painkillers
  • A lump or swelling anywhere on your body
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches or dizziness that won’t go away
  • Changes to moles - for example changes in size or colour, or if they start bleeding
  • Changes to bowel habits (going to the toilet) that last for more than a few weeks
  • Unexplained bruising
  • Breathlessness
  • Symptoms that refuse to clear up, e.g. a cough or hoarseness that last for more than three weeks
  • Sweating a lot at night
  • Unexplained bleeding - for example coughin...

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