One step closer to compulsory cancer education in UK

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Health education (including sex and relationship education) will become compulsory in the UK. According to a CoppaFeel press release this is one step closer to receiving compulsory cancer education.

CoppaFeel is a UK breast cancer awareness charity. In their release, they explain:

The guidance released today by the Department of Education shows great progress [showing]the need for pupils to be taught about not only the benefits of healthy eating and keeping fit (important factors to preventing cancer), but also the prevention of health problems and self examination.

As we all know, preventing and detecting cancer early is vital in order to give everyone the best chance of living a long and healthy life …

Our 2015 pilot, carried out in 16 secondary schools in the England, showed that after a lesson on cancer, knowledge of risk factors increased from 49% to 64% and self reported checking behaviours rose from 30% pre to 47% post lesson. Our pilots showed the positive impact cancer education can have on pupil’s but also their wider network.

This is a big step in the right direction for cancer education, which we have been banging on about since 2013 when we projected the UK cancer statistic onto the Houses of Parliament.

Our #RETHINKCANCER Campaign was instigated to show the importance and value of teaching young people in schools about cancer. The campaign pushes for all pupils to have access to cancer education, for all teachers to receive appropriate training and protected time on the curriculum to deliver it.

Cancer Advisor has a range of content for young people with cancer, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

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