Top comedians unite to raise funds for brain tumour charity

John Bishop will perform in aid of a brain tumour charity
Comedian John Bishop

Some of Britain’s top comedians will perform at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe to help raise funds for a cancer charity.

Underbelly, one of the Fringe’s biggest venues, is partnering with The Brain Tumour Charity for an all-star evening of live comedy. The Big Brain Benefit Show will take place in Edinburgh at the Underbelly on August 23.

There will be an amazing bill of incredible comedians lined up for the Big Brain Benefit show. On the night, there will be performances by John Bishop, Charlie Baker, Suzi Ruffell, Jason Byrne and much more. Continue reading “Top comedians unite to raise funds for brain tumour charity”

Bowel cancer deaths drop by a third in the last two decades

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The rate of people dying from bowel cancer in the UK has dropped by more than 30% in the last 20 years, according to new figures released by Cancer Research UK.

Bowel cancer was responsible for 38 deaths per 100,000 people in 1995, falling to 26 deaths per 100,000 people by 2015. The drop in rates, taking into account changing population figures, equates to a decrease in bowel cancer deaths from 17,600 in 1995 to 15,800 in 2015.

Experts believe better treatment lies behind the dramatic drop in deaths. Improved public awareness among both patients and doctors, the bowel screening programme, may also be playing a part.

However, while the disease’s mortality rates continue to decline, bowel cancer is still the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK – accounting for 10% of all cancer deaths.

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Quarter of survivors find life after cancer harder than actual treatment

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Breast cancer patients often find it more difficult to cope with life after cancer that the actual treatment, a leading charity has found

New research from Breast Cancer Care suggests many survivors find treatment ending harder than having a breast removed or going through chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

From the survey, it was discovered that more than a quarter (26%) of women diagnosed with breast cancer say life after treatment is harder than the treatment itself.

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Live Better With teams up with innovative cancer planning journal

The CanPlan planner is a fantastic tool to help people living with cancer to take control of their disease and find ways to self-heal

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CanPlan is an all-in-one tool for patients and caregivers

Here at Live Better With, we’re constantly updating our product range as we’re always on the lookout for new things that have made a difference to the day-to-day life of someone living with cancer.

Today, we are so pleased to announce that we are teaming up with the new, innovative cancer planning brand, CanPlan, and will be their exclusive UK stockist.

US-based CanPlan is a one-of-a-kind planner designed to assist cancer patients and caregivers with the daily battles of cancer, by providing words of encouragement, reminders for positive living, and a tracking method to monitor the illness day to day. It is an all-in-one tool for patients and caregivers to take control of their cancer.

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Pollution blamed for lung cancer in people who have never smoked

There are 36,000 deaths from lung cancer and 46,400 new cases each year, according to research

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The number of lung cancer cases among non-smokers has doubled in the last 10 years, with health experts blaming air pollution for the rise.

Previously, nine in ten cases of the disease were linked to cigarette use, but this proportion has decreased.

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Exercise and cancer: Making sense of the research

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Research has shown that exercise can not only help to prevent cancer, it can also help you have a better quality of life while you’re in cancer treatment, and can decrease your chances of getting cancer again.

But if you’re the one going through cancer treatment, exercising might well be the last thing on your mind. So to help you make sense of the research, we’ve gathered the facts on exercising and cancer, as well as some handy exercise ideas to help you be a little bit more active, even when you’re feeling unwell.

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South Asian women in the UK ‘hiding cancer because of stigma’

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Researcher Pooja Saini found that many South Asian women avoid screenings and treatment | BBC

A new report by the BBC has found that cultural differences in how cancer is perceived may have a significant effect on UK women and their experiences of cancer treatment. The Victoria Derbyshire programme interviewed medical experts, cancer support workers and women with cancer themselves about the different attitudes to cancer in South Asian communities, and found that stigma was a huge factor in women’s decisions.

Experts on the programme advised that stigma surrounding cancer in certain communities may be linked to women seeking medical advice later, avoiding medical advice altogether, and delaying or refusing treatment for cancer.

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One-of-a-kind diamond necklace to be raffled off to raise funds for cancer treatment

Money raised from the unique piece of jewellery will go to vital funds for cancer treatment in northeast Scotland

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A group of women in Scotland will raffle off a unique piece of jewellery later this month to raise vital funds for cancer treatment.

The group, made up of local business women and friends from Aberdeen hope to raise money to help the breast care unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary treat those suffering from cancer. The fundraiser’s star attraction is a special piece of jewellery made by local jeweller Jay Sprigg.

Especially for the raffle, Sprigg has created a one-of-a-kind 18-karat white gold necklace which features 20 diamonds – one of which is a stunning pink diamond.

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Axing free NHS painkillers ‘could save £16m for cancer vaccine’

Welsh politician says money could be used to fund a Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine instead


Free painkillers from the NHS should be scrapped to save money for funding a cancer-fighting vaccine for boys and girls in Wales, a politician has announced.

Welsh Assembly Member Angela Burns said ending the availability of free painkillers in Wales could free up more than £16m a year.

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