Cancer Research UK is opening a new cancer awareness hub in St Helens dedicated to helping people know how to reduce the risk of cancer and help spot it early. The new ‘Your Cancer Awareness Hub’, based at the Millennium Centre on Corporation Street, is a free drop-in service run by nurses offering visitors information on making positive lifestyle changes like stopping smoking, drinking less alcohol and keeping a healthy weight. Visitors can turn up on the day without an appointment or attend fortnightly for up to six repeat visits to get ongoing support or to talk about cancer and pick up information.Nurses also encourage people to go to their GP with any concerns. Picking cancer up at an earlier stage means treatment is more likely to be successful.Around 1,100 people are diagnosed with cancer in St Helens every year and around 500 people die from cancer in St Helens every year.But experts estimate around 4 in 10 cases of cancer could be prevented in the UK, largely … [Read more...] about Cancer research hub opens its doors in St Helens
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The great 10th century Iraqi poet Abu Tayyib al-Mutanabbi once lived, O fated city, in the Emirate of Aleppo. He even led a revolt in Syria which was – familiar stuff, this – put down with great ruthlessness. Al-Mutanabbi actually spent two years in prison before reconciling himself to his loss and was subsequently released. Most Arab children in Syria can quote the man by heart and one of their favourite poems begins with these words: When you see the teeth of a lion, Don’t think that the lion is smiling at you. Read more The search for truth in the rubble of Douma I was reminded of this lion while clambering through the ruins on the side of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre in the Damascus suburb of Barzeh last week. This was the centre – now famous from so many satellite pictures – destroyed by Donald Trump’s missiles when they struck at “the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons programme”. Did they? Anything with a … [Read more...] about What mysteries lie in the ruins of the Scientific Studies and Research Centre in Damascus?
A Banbury woman is raising money for a respite centre for disabled children where she works by running the Virgin London Marathon with her firefighter husband. Rachel said: “I’m a project worker at the centre and we have more than 30 children who come for respite care. “I thought it would be lovely to do something for them and we do marathons quite a lot but to do the London one for them will be special.” The keen runners decided to support Rachel’s workplace as they know first hand the difference any amount of money will make to the service. Usually funds raised would go to Barnado’s for it to decide how to spend it but Rachel has made sure the money will go directly to the Sycamore Centre. “We have a long list of things we’d like for the centre so if we can get anything with the money we raise that would be great,” she said. “Some kids have been there since they were really young but they get to 18 and have to go somewhere … [Read more...] about Banbury couple running London marathon for respite centre
A US study showing older women with higher levels of body fat are up to twice as likely to develop breast cancer – even if they’re not overweight – was welcomed by British experts. The study of almost 3,500 over 50s found the risk rose by more than a third for each every 11lb (five kilo) rise – despite them having a normal BMI (body mass index). It underlines the importance of physical activity is staving off the disease, thee most commonly diagnosed cancer in British women. More than 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Britain, with almost 11,500 dying from it annually. The discovery was unexpected as a higher BMI is linked to cancer as well as other conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. It adds to growing evidence that it is not the most accurate health indicator as it can’t distinguish between fat and muscle, which tends to be heavier. This can tip more toned individuals into … [Read more...] about Body fat ‘triggers breast cancer in normal weight women’
Register for our free newsletter A father who brought his wedding forward by a year after he was diagnosed with a rare cancer is backing a new fundraising campaign. Craig Speirs, 37, has teamed up with his wife Angela and children Rhianne, eight, and Adam, one, to urge people to wear a unity band on World Cancer Day on February 4. The bands, available for a suggested donation of £2, feature a classic reef knot design to symbolise the strength of people coming together to unite against the disease. Mr Speirs, from Elderslie, Renfrewshire, urged people to buy the unity bands. He said : “I’ll keep on fighting and I’m determined to do everything I can to help other people suffering from his horrible disease. “I have so much to live for. I want to see my son start school and walk my daughter down the aisle on her wedding day. “I’d like to dance with my wife on our silver wedding anniversary and read stories to my grandchildren. … [Read more...] about Man who moved wedding forward after cancer diagnosis backs fundraising drive