Five signs of cancer

Every day, another three young Australians aged 15 to 25 years are diagnosed with cancer.

Recognising the early warning signs of cancer for adolescents and young adults is the first step towards timely treatment and achieving the best outcome for these young patients.

The most common signs of cancer in young people aged 15–25 are:

  • pain
  • lump, bump or swelling
  • significant weight loss
  • fatigue and/or fever
  • changes in a mole.

If a young person presents with any of these signs, General Practitioners are encouraged to consider cancer and conduct further investigation. There is more information for health professionals about diagnosing cancer in young people here.
Download and print the Youth Cancer Service’s ‘Early warning signs‘ flyer.