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Talking to your class about cancer can seem daunting, but it’s essential that young people learn the facts as cancer affects us all.
Your pupils will probably have heard of cancer, whether or not they have been directly affected by it. It is likely that they will have their own ideas and beliefs about it. Sometimes these can be misguided or misinformed. Talking about cancer with your class can be a good way to address any myths or fears they might have.
Talking about cancer in school is something which needs careful thought and preparation. If there are any pupils in your class who you know have been directly affected by cancer, this shouldn’t discourage you from talking about it. You may wish to ask them if they would like to be involved in your preparation, so that they can know what will be said. This might also show other pupils that it is okay to talk openly about cancer.
See our cancer information| section for more information about cancer types, treatments, symptoms, side effects and living with cancer.
These will differ according to your pupils and their age, but some guidelines are:
Some of the main messages that it would be good for your pupils to understand are:
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