British cancer patients 'dying needlessly'

Cancer survival rates in the UK are at or behind a level that many other European countries had already achieved by the late 1990s, according to new analysis released today by Macmillan Cancer Support.

The charity said that the research showed people in the UK are "dying needlessly", and said it is "shameful" that survival rates for four of the most common cancers were better in many countries over a decade ago than they are in the UK today.

The Concord-2 study looked at breast, lung, colon and stomach cancer survival rates across 67 countries in 1995-99 compared to in 2005-09.

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Five years of IVF ended with triplets

Every year 200 sets of triplets are born in Britain, for 40-year-old Steph and Chris Webb from Essex, the arrival their three little bundles of joy marked the end of a long and difficult journey to parenthood.

Two years of trying naturally followed by five years of expensive IVF finally ended with the birth of their two little girls and a boy who are now six months old. Their story is told on ITV's documentary The Triplets Are Coming! on tonight which had exclusive access to the multiple baby unit.

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Does breast milk boost brain power?

Breastfeeding for longer is more likely to increase intelligence in adulthood and lead to higher adult earnings, says a 30-year study of almost 3500 newborns in Brazil, published in The Lancet.

The link between brighter babies and breastfeeding is well known - but this latest study shows that when babies grow up, they still benefit.

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Norman Lamb on children's mental health care

We would never accept it for physical health problems

– Norman Lamb

One in 10 children suffers from mental health issues, but many of them aren't getting the help they need.

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb has had first-hand experience of children's mental health care after his son Archive was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) at the age of 15.

Now he's aiming to change the support that's available to children and their families.

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A selfie every day keeps the sadness away

The thought of it is actually more terrifying than the reality.

– Sara Cutting on losing her hair

Chemotherapy is a valuable treatment for cancer, but the hair loss it causes can damage many patients' confidence. But one woman from Brighton is embracing her baldness, and is using it to raise money for charity by taking selfies in different hats.

Diagnosed with breast cancer, Sara Cutting decided to take a selfie every day, showing off a spectacular hat each time. The 46-year-old company director makes her own headwear from anything she can get her hands on, including cakes, board games, a teapot, radio, lampshade and even kitchen roll.

She then uploads smiling selfies to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where she has thousands of followers. She has also helped to raise £9,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support.

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Stem cell treatment helped me walk again

It was this amazing, amazing treatment.

– Holly Drewry

Holly Drewry, like most of us, took walking, dancing even running for granted until she was hit by the debilitating neurological condition Multiple Sclerosis. Within weeks of the birth of her daughter Isla, Holly lost the ability to move without the use of a wheelchair.

Only three weeks after receiving a pioneering new stem cell treatment at Sheffield teaching hospitals NHS trust, Holly was able to walk again. She said: "It feels like a big dream", she added, "never did I think I'd be as healthy as I am now."

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Mother with breast cancer refuses chemotherapy

I've always been into the natural remedies, it's not really planning to cure myself with the raw food diet, it's getting my body on an even keel so it gives me the chance to fight cancer.

– Kelly Logan on why she chose to eat raw foods

A mother with breast cancer has refused surgery and chemotherapy, vowing that she can beat the disease with vitamins and raw vegetables. Thirty-four-year-old Kelly Logan was diagnosed with stage two cancer five months ago.

She was told she needed surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment, but has refused medical care as she is against invasive treatments, in stead she takes herbal remedies, vitamins and eats a raw vegetable diet.

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