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cervical cancer


i think i might have cervical cancer because my legs ache soo much, my lower back aches, and blood sometimes comes out my bottom.
my mum had cancer but she didnn't tell me herself, i found out so i don't want to ask her about it becuase she didn't tell me for a reason...

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Hi there,

Thank you for your letter and well done for writing in to ask for some support.

It sounds like you’re feeling really worried that you could have cervical cancer because of the pains and blood that you have been having. It is really important if you’re having any kind of medical problems that you see a doctor to get yourself checked out and treated. If there is something wrong the longer that it is left the worse it can get and the harder it can be to then treat. Only a medical professional can tell you for sure if you have any health issues and they can help you to sort them out too.

I understand that the idea of going to see a doctor might be something that is quite scary, particularly if you’re feeling worried about what they might tell you, so it might be an idea to have a think about whether there is anyone who could perhaps come with you to give you some support. Perhaps a good friend or a trusted adult like a relative.

It also sounds like it might have been quite upsetting to hear that your mum had cancer and it seems like this is perhaps making you anxious about talking to her about what is going on for you at the moment. I’m wondering if you’re feeling worried about talking to her about when she had cancer, because she hasn’t mentioned it to you and whether there is a way of telling her what is going on for you without talking about her having cancer. 

Other places you could perhaps get some medical advice are perhaps by speaking to your school nurse or taking a look at NHS Choices.

Maybe it could be an idea to talk this through with someone at ChildLine, to help you work out what you would like to do. They don’t give medical advice because they are not medically trained, but they can listen to your worries and concerns, and help to point you in the right direction so that this situation can be quickly resolved. You can call on 0800 1111 (all calls are free and don’t show up on the bill) or use the 1-2-1 chat on the ChildLine website (it works like instant messenger).

You’ve done really well to write this letter and ChildLine will support you in any way that they can.

Take care,


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