Finding out about cancer

If someone in your family has cancer, you might want to know more. We have information about what cancer is that you might find helpful.

If they give their permission, you could ask to speak with their doctors.

To make things clearer, we have a list of common medical words and phrases that the doctors and nurses might use.

Are you worried about getting cancer?

Many people worry about getting cancer. If someone in your family has cancer, you may be worried that it will be passed on from one generation to another (inherited).

But most cancers are not caused by inherited cancer genes. Doctors think that only 2 or 3 in every 100 cancers may be an inherited cancer.

An animated image of cells forming a tumour.

What is cancer?

Watch our animation about how cancer starts in our cells.

About our cancer information videos

What is cancer?

Watch our animation about how cancer starts in our cells.

About our cancer information videos

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Being a young carer

A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who looks after someone who is ill.

Young carer's assessment

Any young carer can have a young carer’s assessment to find out what help you and your family might need.