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A group of young survivors is demanding the right to have their medical history forgotten by financial firms and public bodies. Youth Cancer Europe is calling on the European Union to take action arguing they currently have worse rights than convicted criminals.

Only France provides legal rights for long-term survivors to no longer have to inform insurers or loan agencies about their diagnosis 10 years after treatment. Belgium has said it is likely to follow and pass similar legislation.

In almost all EU countries, convicted criminals have the legal right to not disclose their criminal record after a set number of years.

arunas Narbutas, chair of YCE, said: "We will do what is necessary to address key stakeholders and policy makers to ensure that those who live with cancer are no longer abandoned by their institutions and facing harsher discrimination than convicted criminals."

This month YCE was hosted at the European Parliament where it made its case to MEPs. YCE co-founder Katie Rizvi said: "We are paving the way for survivors to resume a normal life after cancer, free of discrimination."

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More than half of girls have been exposed to violent or explicit images. Those as young as seven were worried about seeing "rude" pictures online, while older girls described being under pressure to send naked pics.

A Girlguiding survey found 54% of girls aged 11-21 reported encountering unwanted violent or graphic images that left them upset.

A quarter of those aged 13-21 had stumbled upon porn by accident, and half of seven to 10-year-olds worried about seeing rude pictures online.

Evidence to the Commons science and technology committee inquiry showed that more than half of girls aged 17-21 thought girls were being coerced into sex acts.

MARTIN BAGOT is the Mirror's Health Correspondent

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Date:Oct 23, 2018
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