CLIC Sargent calls for earlier diagnosis of cancer in young people

CLIC Sargent has welcomed a report by the National Cancer Intelligence Network into survival rates for teenagers and young adults.

The report highlights that although survival rates have improved, there is wide variation greatly across cancer types, with leukaemia and soft tissue sarcomas having much lower survival rates.

Dara de Burca, CLIC Sargent Director of Services, said: “Ensuring that teenagers are being diagnosed as early as is possible can help. We frequently hear from young people that they made repeated visits to their family doctor over weeks or months before being diagnosed. They’re often frustrated that their symptoms were initially not taken seriously and that diagnosis was so slow.

“Cancer in young people is rare, so it’s often difficult for GPs to recognise the symptoms in patients. On average, a GP will see only one case in their career. We need greater awareness of the symptoms among GPs, teenagers and young adults, and their families. Getting young patients diagnosed earlier could save lives."

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About childhood cancer

Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.

About CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. For more information visit

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