KIDS should be given compulsory lessons in school on how to check for signs of cancer, MPs say.
A cross-party report says pupils “deserve to have the best possible information” on symptoms.
Secondary schools should teach students how to detect cancer symptoms, say MPs[/caption]
And it calls on doctors to be alert to the signs of the disease in children – as they would be in pensioners.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Children, Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer quizzed patients and relatives on their experiences.
Some 73 per cent say not enough is being done to improve early diagnosis or to boost post-treatment support.
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The MPs say: “The Secretary of State for Education should ensure that every young person receives education and awareness of cancer signs and symptoms, as a compulsory part of the curriculum in secondary schools.”
Around 4,000 children, teenagers, and young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year.
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