Getting the right advice

When your health is on your mind, it’s tempting to ask Google for an instant diagnosis. But if you do that, tread carefully. There’s a lot of useful information out there, but there’s also plenty of nonsense – and there’s a reason doctors spend all those years training, too.

You’re an individual, and you need individual advice from an expert. So in this section we’ve included info on where to find support you can rely on, plus details of cancer warning signs and risk factors.

If you are worried about your health, try not to keep it to yourself – talking to friends and family can really help. So can talking to a professional – like your own doctor or a nurse at your school, university or a walk-in centre. The NHS has made a commitment to offering high-quality cancer care to young people – and that includes making a quick diagnosis and communicating clearly with you.

So if you do see a doctor or nurse and don’t feel you’re being taken seriously, be persistent. Book another appointment. Take someone with you. See another doctor. And never feel bad about speaking up.


Cancer WarningSigns

There are many signs and symptoms of cancer – but remember that having any of them doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer. Find out more ›

Causes of cancer

The causes of many cancers are still unknown, but we do know that if you’re young, cancer isn’t caused by anything you’ve done. Find out more ›

Getting diagnosed

It's not easy going through the process of diagnosis, but these are vital steps, and you don't need to take them alone. Find out more ›

Types of cancer

Find out about the most common cancers diagnosed in teenagers and young adults. Find out more ›

A young person'sguide to cancer

Young people with cancer told us what they wish they'd known when they were diagnosed, so we worked with them to create this great guide. Read our guide ›