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Breast screen error ‘could have been spotted earlier’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Breast cancer screening is offered once every three years to women aged 50 to 70 in England Tens of thousands more women in England may have missed out on breast screening invitations dating back further than previously thought, according to a leading cancer expert. Earlier this month, the health secretary […]

Cancer patient feels ‘privileged to be alive’ after NHS trial treatment

Cancer patient feels ‘privileged to be alive’ after NHS trial treatment

Image copyright NIHR Image caption Cathy Perkins was given only months to live before starting a NHS trial A musician from Manchester has spoken of her joy at the NHS clinical trial which has given her the chance of an extended life. Professional viola player Cathy Perkins, 63, who has melanoma in her finger, was […]

BBC presenter on finding out her cancer is incurable

BBC Radio 5 live presenter Rachael Bland talks about the moment when she took ‘the call’ from her doctor. Rachael was out with her son Freddie and some friends when she found out her cancer was metastatic and, therefore, incurable. She said she always asks the doctor to phone her with any news. This clip […]

Smoking ban plan for Welsh playgrounds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The ban would be enforced from next summer A ban on smoking in outdoor grounds of hospitals, schools and playgrounds in Wales has moved a step closer. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has launched a consultation with the ban planned for summer 2019 and those who break it could face […]

Tax rises needed ‘to prevent NHS misery’

Image copyright Getty Images Taxes are going to have to rise to pay for the NHS if the UK is to avoid “a decade of misery” in which the old, sick and vulnerable are let down, say experts. The Institute for Fiscal Studies and Health Foundation said the NHS would need an extra 4% a […]

Tax rises needed ‘to prevent NHS misery’

Image copyright Getty Images Taxes are going to have to rise to pay for the NHS if the UK is to avoid “a decade of misery” in which the old, sick and vulnerable are let down, say experts. The Institute for Fiscal Studies and Health Foundation said the NHS would need an extra 4% a […]

Water resistant sunscreen claims ‘meaningless’, says Which?

Image copyright Getty Images Water-resistant sunscreen products work much less well after they have been worn in the sea, a consumer group has warned ahead of the summer holiday season. Which? tested two products claiming to be water resistant and found the sun protection factor (SPF) dropped by up to 59% after 40 minutes in […]

Bank holiday warning over gardening and DIY accidents

Image copyright Getty Images With the bank holiday weekend coming, many of us may be planning to trim the lawn or do a bit of home improvement. But surgeons have urged us to take care, saying there can be a spike in accidents involving gardening and DIY equipment at this time of year. Severed fingers […]

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo: Patients ‘taken to church’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ebola can cause fatal bleeding from internal organs Three Ebola patients left a treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo after their families demanded to take them to church, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Two of the patients later died, while the third returned to the centre […]

Campaigners in court over NHS policy

Image copyright Getty Images A judicial review by a group of campaigners challenging government health policy in England gets under way at the High Court later. The group, which was backed by Prof Stephen Hawking before his death, is fighting the creation of accountable care organisations (ACOs). These are to act as partnership bodies incorporating […]

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