To make sure every student and young person across the whole of the UK knows the common signs and symptoms of cancer and when to go and see their GP.


Who are we?

Here at CATS we’re all about making sure young people know the common signs and symptoms of cancer. We encourage people to be familiar with their bodies, and to keep an eye out for any signs that could indicate something is wrong. We encourage anyone who notices these signs to go and see their GP and share their concerns.

About 2,400 people between the ages of 15 -24 are diagnosed with cancer every year, hence the need to check things out.

What we do

We’re based in different universities around the UK, and we focus our efforts into using new and innovative ways to get our message out.

We are student led, as the best people to reach students are other students! CATS run events such as acoustic nights, comedy nights, pub quizzes, lectures, workshops and more. We work with other student groups to get the message out to as many people as possible.

We put out our material onto different social media platforms, and print onto things like beer mats as opposed to the more traditional leaflets, we want to reach students in any way we can.


Our Story

CATS was founded in 2014 when University of Manchester student James Adams realised the lack of awareness about common signs and symptoms of cancer amongst students. He gathered a few friends together in a pub to discuss what could be done and CATS was born.

Kicking off in Manchester in September 2014, CATS quickly signed up over 600 people who wanted to get involved and know more. Over the year CATS Manchester ran several events which were attended by hundreds of students. It soon became clear that something about CATS was different.

One year later, CATS launched its second branch at Cambridge University. This was followed by CATS London East and then in October 2016, the fourth CATS site in Liverpool.