Cervical cancer prevention: Embarrassment makes women avoid smear tests

Survey finds that body insecurities are stopping women from attending their potentially life-saving check ups

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Young women are avoiding getting smear tests because they are embarrassed by the look and smell of their pubic areas, a survey suggests.

The charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust surveyed 2,017 British women.

A third said embarrassment caused them to delay getting a smear test, which can prevent 75% of cervical cancers.

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Charity on the hunt for breast cancer survivors to model in fashion show

Are you the next Breast Cancer Care top model?

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Leading UK charity Breast Cancer Care is on the hunt for models to strut their stuff in its annual fundraising fashion show.

The Breast Cancer Care fashion show claims to be a ‘fundraising event like no other’ in that all models on the catwalk have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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5 Awesome American Cancer Fundraising Events

In case you hadn’t noticed, the United States is a pretty big place. So it makes sense that when it comes to fundraising and fighting cancer, the USA really knows how to go big.

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We took a closer look at 5 of the most incredible fundraising initiatives happening across America – and what we found out was completely inspiring. If you’re based in the US and want to help fight cancer, these options are a great place to join thousands of others raising money and awareness.

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UK’s first cancer store in the limelight with ITV seal of approval

The Live Better With Boutique at Browns
The Live Better With Boutique at Browns is now open

Earlier this month, Live Better With launched the first store dedicated to helping ease the side effects of cancer at Guy’s Hospital’s Cancer Centre in London.

Already, we’ve had some wonderful feedback for our Live Better With Boutique at Browns store, with the Business Insider and local Southwark News sharing the exciting news.

Last night, we also had the amazing opportunity to showcase our new store on ITV  News London.

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Father and daughter who were both diagnosed with breast cancer fought disease side by side

“I felt terrible guilt for passing along this gene to my daughter and possibly to my grandchildren,” says male breast cancer survivor Arnaldo Silva

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Father and daughter Arnaldo and Vanessa Silva

Arnaldo and Vanessa Silva share a close father and daughter bond. They share lunch dates and outings – but unfortunately, they both share something else as well: breast cancer.

“As a man, it’s the last thing that you expect to hear you have when you go to the doctor,” Arnaldo, 67, a retired stationary fireman, tells People magazine, “but I’m proof that it happens. This year alone, 3,000 men will be diagnosed and 400 will die, which I find unacceptable.”

Arnaldo, who was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in January 2007 after he found a lump beneath his right nipple while showering, is grateful today that he saw a doctor and had a biopsy — not only because it saved his life, but his daughter’s as well. 

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Thousands are now living longer with advanced cancer

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Cancer charity reveals for the first time the number of people living several years with advanced cancer after being diagnosed at stage 4

There are thousands of people alive in England who have survived for several years with the most advanced stage of cancer, according to new research from Macmillan Cancer Support and Public Health England’s National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service.

The research, revealed yesterday (Nov 8) at the 2017 National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Conference in Liverpool, is based on data from England’s national cancer registry. It shows that at least 17,000 people have survived for two years or more after being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer – the stage at which the disease has already spread to at least one other part of their body.

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Little Jacob’s last Christmas wish: Young cancer patient asks strangers to send him Christmas cards

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Jacob Thompson, 9, with one of the Christmas cards he has been sent

A nine-year-old cancer patient has asked for cards for Christmas after his parents were told he had just weeks to live.

Little Jacob Thompson has been fighting Neuroblastoma, cancer that forms in nerve cells early on, since he was diagnosed at age 5. It has spread to his head and hip, and treatment was deemed unsuccessful.

His mother, Michelle Thompson Simard, wrote on a GoFundMe page that Jacob has been admitted to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland, Maine, “for the last time.”

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Image of heart-shaped cancer cells wins science photography prize

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A researcher from Australia has taken home the title of best scientific photograph for her image showing cancerous cells, which she captured while studying the progression of breast cancer.

The BMC Research in Progress Photo Competition received submissions from around the world, such as Nepal, Iraq, China and Brazil.

The entries included images of flowers, birds, butterflies, a bear living in captivity, and diseases like Zika and Dengue being studied in a lab.

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Women with disabilities could be missing out on cancer screening

Women with disabilities that affected eyesight, mobility and the ability to take care of themselves were the least likely to take part in cancer screening

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A study has found that people with disabilities are probably missing out on cancer screenings.

Women with disabilities are a third less likely to participate in breast cancer screening and a quarter less likely to take part in bowel cancer screening compared to women reporting no disabilities, according to a new paper published in the British Journal of Cancer by researchers from the University of Oxford.

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Live Better With teams up with award-winning cancer skincare line Lindi Skin

Lindi Skin was founded by Lindy Snider and has been created especially for cancer patients

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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 oh so excited to announce that we are collaborating with award-winning American skincare brand, Lindi Skin.

Lindi Skin develops clinically-proven skin care products that soothe and relieve the effects of radiation, chemotherapy, and day-to-day wear resulting from cancer treatments. 

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