A new report published by the Teenage Cancer Trust highlights the benefits of teaching secondary school pupils about cancer.
Speaking at a parliamentary reception last week, Teenage Cancer Trust’s CEO Siobhan Dunn stated: "Cancer education is vital. Half of us will get cancer in our lifetimes, yet 40 per cent of cancers in adulthood could be prevented by lifestyle choices. The new research from the University of Stirling in Teenage Cancer Trust’s report shows that a single cancer education presentation has a significant impact on young people’s recognition of cancer warning signs and risk factors."
At this same event, Roger Daltrey CBE, honorary patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust, and Jane Sutton, Teenage Cancer Trust ambassador and mother of inspirational teenager Stephen Sutton MBE, urged NHS England and Public Health England to roll out a programme of cancer education in secondary schools.
The charity's education team currently travels across the UK to deliver cancer awareness sessions to secondary school pupils, speaking to more than 100,000 in hundreds of schools every year.
The success of these sessions is unquestionable. After one session, recognition among young people of signs of cancer such as changes to a mole rose by up to 30 per cent, while recognition of cancer risks such as being overweight rose by up to 26 per cent.
Teenage Cancer Trust now wants to ensure that all students can receive this education and be equipped with the knowledge to spot early signs and symptoms of cancer.