We aim to make cancer awareness education in schools a statutory requirement to teach as part of the personal, social and health education curriculum.



#RETHINKCANCER has been instigated by the breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! who have been educating young people about breast cancer in schools for 3 years. Building on the successes that CoppaFeel! are experiencing in taking these messages into schools, we are asking that:

  • All student teachers are trained how to teach young people how to look after and manage their health
  • That all secondary school students have protected time in the school curriculum to learn how to look after and manage their health
  • That there is a creative approach taken to teaching cancer awareness and healthy behaviours that has impact and tangible benefit.

1 in 3 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The sooner it is diagnosed the better the chances of survival.

There is currently a severe lack of cancer awareness in schools. Lack of awareness leads to late presentation at your GP and ultimately to a late diagnosis of the disease.

Half of the cancers diagnosed today could be prevented with a change in lifestyle, so isn’t it time we taught good habits? Let’s start our young people on the right road with education and awareness to help lower their risk of cancer and increase their chances of survival.

How can you make this a reality?

Download our template letter to give to your teacher.

Contact your local education authority and ask what they do to ensure health education, including cancer,
is on the curriculum.

If you’re a teacher or involved with teacher training we want to HEAR from you

Join the conversation at #RETHINKCANCER