The following sources may provide useful background to the topic of this debate. 

Press releases

Public Health England 

‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign urges public not to ignore persistent tummy troubles 

11 November 2020 


Teenage Cancer Trust 

Mum’s heartbreak as delayed diagnosis leads to loss of ‘loving’ and ‘bubbly’ daughter 

19 October 2020 


NHS England  

Celebs and lockdown heroes urge public to get cancer symptoms checked and attend routine appointments 

9 October 2020 


Teenage Cancer Trust 

Cancer complications timebomb as teens go undiagnosed 

24 April 2020 


Cancer Research UK

A quarter of cancer patients experience avoidable delay to diagnosis 

4 December 2019 

Press articles

i news, 22 October 2020  

‘I was diagnosed with cervical cancer at 21 – young people with symptoms should be taken seriously’ 

BBC news, 18 October 2020 

Colchester woman dying of cancer urged others to get to a GP 


BBC News, 12 October 2020 

‘Come forward to GP about cancer symptoms’, experts say 


i news, 12 August 2020  

GPs failing to refer patients under 50 for bowel cancer checks, with Britons missing ‘red flag’ symptoms 


The Guardian (London), 20 July 2020 

Coronavirus may cause 3,500 deaths in England from four main cancers; Study shows diagnosis delays most likely to affect young or middle-aged in next five years 


HSJ, 29 June 2020 

The impact of coronavirus on young people with cancer 


The Independent (United Kingdom), 22 January 2020 

Cervical cancer rises among young women as progress on deadly disease ‘stalls’ 


HSJ, 15 January 2020 

Five resolutions to improve the care of young cancer patients 


HSJ, 4 December 2019 

Ending cancer inequality for young people 

Information and guidance


Cancer – signs and symptoms 

NHS Long Term Plan ambitions for cancer 


NHS England 

Rapid cancer diagnostic and assessment pathways (various documents), updated April 2019 


National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)  

Suspected cancer: recognition and referral, NICE guideline [NG12], updated 11 January 2020 


Wales Cancer Network 

National optimal pathways (various) 


Scottish Government 

Scottish referral guidelines for suspected cancer, 22 January 2019 


Cancer Research UK  

Awareness and Prevention  

Young people’s cancer statistics 


Macmillan Cancer Support 

Teenagers and young adults 

Cancer Strategy in England 


Teenage Cancer Trust 

The five most common cancer warning signs in young people 

Education resources 


Children with Cancer UK 

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 


Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer (TYAC) 

Cancer in teenagers and young adults 


Independent Cancer Taskforce, Achieving World-class cancer outcomes – a strategy for England 2015-2020, July 2015 


NHS Cancer Programme update reports  


Teenage Cancer Trust, Young Voices, Transforming the Lives of Young People with Cancer 


Teenage Cancer Trust and Public Health England, 13-24 year olds with cancer in England Incidence, mortality and survival, January 2019 

Journal articles 

BMJ, 25 October 2020 

G176 Public awareness of childhood, teenagers and young adult cancer signs and symptoms in Great Britain 


House of Commons Library 

Cancer strategy CDP 2018-003, 19 February 2018 

Support for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families, CDP 0010, 28 January 2019 

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