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Cancer - protecting yourself

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Two young adults are diagnosed with skin cancer every day

More and more young people aged 15 and older are part of a rising group of young adults who are diagnosed with malignant melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer.


  • People forget or do not think they need to put on sun cream in the summer
  • Adults are using sun beds too often which can increase your risk of melanoma before 35 by 75 per cent.

What is melanoma?

Skin cancer from sunbed use
A study of 15-18 year old girls found that their desire to get a tan overcame any misgivings about the potential health risks. (Cancer Research UK, Jan 2013).

Find out more

More on cancer

  • You may like to visit Cancer care options for young people.
  • It is also good to be aware of checking your breasts for unusual lumps (this relates to guys and gals) by carrying out self examinations at around the same time each month. You can read more on The Mix.
  • ...and for boys, here's how to check your 'balls' for testicular cancer.
  • You may have heard about the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination? This is offered to girls aged 12- 13 to protect against cervical cancer. HPV are the main cause of cervical cancer. There are some indicators that HPV in the throat (from oral sex) in young men is on the increase. You can protect yourself by using condoms. Read more on The Mix.
  • Be protected - find out about the c-card for free condoms. For more information on sex and sexual health services visit our sexual health pages or the iCaSHwebsite.

If you feel that you would like to speak to someone, you could speak to a school nurse - they offer weekly confidential 'drop-ins' in secondary schools. Send a text to ChatHealth (07507 333356or ask in school to find out more.

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