In and Around Catz

CATS Cancer Awareness

I’m Ellie, the welfare officer of CATS (cancer awareness in teenagers and young people society). Basically we’re part of a charity trying to promote awareness of cancer and possible symptoms in young people — this age group (16–25) has the one of the greatest numbers of late diagnosis of all age groups, thus resulting in a worse prognosis, which perhaps could have been avoided.

The main things would be to:

  • check your breasts or testes once a month- if you notice any irregular swellings, lumps or discharge,
  • If you’re experiencing persistent severe headaches, dizziness, vomiting, or eyesight and hearing problems,
  • Any unexplained weight loss
  • Constant fatigue (not because you’re going out till 3am then getting up at 6am to row!)
  • A new mole or a change in the appearance of a pre-existing on

Visit your GP! It’s usually nothing, but sometimes it is cancer.

If anyone wants any support with this or has any questions, we have a CATS Cambridge facebook page, and just send us a message; my main role is supporting people effected by cancer.

If you have any other questions feel free to either email me: ekh40@cam.ac.uk or give me a message on FB (Eleanor Harding).