THERE are hundreds of different types of cancers and it remains one of the biggest killers. The most deadly form is lung cancer, followed by bowel, prostate and then breast. These four cancers account for nearly half, 45 per cent, of overall deaths from cancer. In the UK, around 13,300 people a year are diagnosed with skin cancer every year, according to Cancer Research. And spotting the early signs of the disease could make all the difference when it comes to survival. Experts recommend that those individuals perform regular checks of their skin to spot for potential signs of the disease returning, or new melanomas appearing. What is skin cancer? Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. This growth can occur when damage is caused to skin cells – most often caused by UV radiation from sunshine or tanning beds. This damage can triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumours. How common is skin … [Read more...] about What are skin cancer signs and symptoms, what does melanoma look like and is it caused by sunburn?
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A brave young man who last month launched a £500,000 campaign to help find a cure for his deadly skin condition is battling cancer again. James Dunn, 24, from Whiston, has made a YouTube video announcing the devastating news, which he wants as many people as possible to see. He said: “Unfortunately I found another lump on my hand a few weeks ago. Last week I had a biopsy and MRI scan and, unfortunately, the results show that I’ve got cancer again. “I’m going in for an operation to get it removed next Wednesday, as luckily it hasn’t infiltrated the bone or muscle yet. “I just hope everything is going to be OK.” James has Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a group of genetic skin conditions which cause the skin to blister and tear at the slightest touch. He was first diagnosed with a type of skin cancer associated with EB in December 2015. After treatment, he was in remission – and said he was determined to raise as much money as possible for … [Read more...] about Brave James Dunn is battling skin cancer again
It was dark by the time I got to Linda’s. I’d been her GP for seven years but this was the first time I’d been asked to visit her at home. I retrieved my bag from the boot, put my hood up against the wintry drizzle, and made my way across the sward that separated her house from the road. My shoes swished through the wet, uncut grass. On summer evenings, children from some of the other old Somerset miners’ cottages would be out playing; their own private rec. Tonight it was deserted. Trevor answered my knock. “She’s through here,” he said, ushering me into the warmth of the small hallway. Linda was sagged in a sofa that had been squeezed against one entire wall of the compact living room. In the time it took to greet her, I noticed that her skin was sallow, even allowing for the artificial light. And every now and then, one of her arms or legs would jerk involuntarily. She managed a weak smile, but her eyes were dull and distracted – … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightThe wounded healer: how my father’s cancer led me to a life of helping othersDictator’s playground: inside Viktor Orbán’s Hungary
Former British Steel workers affected by serious and life-limiting illnesses have less than two weeks left to register to join the group taking legal action against the company. Victims of deadly respiratory diseases and squamous cell skin cancer have until February 23 to register for British Steel group litigation, after which there will be no option for them to join the group action. Former workers suffering from conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis, temporary exacerbation of asthma and lung cancer have been urged to come forward. The deadline was set by the High Court in October, following its approval of a group litigation order last summer, which was presented by specialist industrial disease lawyers from Hugh James, based in Cardiff, and Irwin Mitchell, who are acting for a number of former British Steel workers from the Corby Glebe and Corby Deene plants. Claims for alleged bladder cancer can also potentially join the group. The … [Read more...] about Deadline looms for former Corby workers to join legal action against British Steel
A courageous photographer with a deadly skin condition is to have his hand amputated after his cancer has returned. James Dunn told the Liverpool Echo , he wants people to keep him in their prayers as he undergoes the operation today. The 24-year-old also suffers with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), also known as butterfly skin. It is a genetic condition which causes the skin to blister and tear at the slightest touch - very much like the fragile wings of a butterfly. In October he launched a £500,000 campaign in the hope of finding a cure while he was in remission from his skin cancer - squamous cell carcinoma. But now the disease has come back. The keen photographer from Whiston, Merseyside, said: "After the last operation in November everything was going so well. The tumour on my left hand had been removed and I’d been given the all clear. "Then three weeks into recovery I found a few suspicious growths on my hand. Another biopsy confirmed that it was cancer." He will now … [Read more...] about Brave photographer with deadly ‘butterfly skin’ to have hand amputated after cancer returns for third time