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Local charity offers personalised cancer support

Three new services will be offered by the charity Sandra founded Credit: ITV Border

Three new projects designed to offer personalised support to those suffering from cancer are being launched by a charity in Cumbria.

The Odyssey Foundation will now offer services including counselling, healthy eating workshops and rehabilitation programmes.

Sandra Jones founded the charity after being diagnose with cancer herself in 2011.

It became a registered charity in 2014 and has since raised twenty thousand pounds to fund the projects.

What is the Macmillan Cancer Charity?

Organisers of a Carlisle coffee morning hope to raise more than £1,000 for the Macmillan Cancer Charity.

Here's a quick summary of the charity, so you know where your money is going:

  • Founded in 1911, the charity helps people with cancer by providing practical, emotional and financial support. This can be anything from a lift to hospital, to a grant to pay for heating bills.
  • 98% of income comes from donations, so charity events like today's coffee morning in Carlisle are vital.
  • Last year they raised nearly £190m. £121.7m went on services for people affected by cancer, with the largest portion going towards healthcare. The remaining money was spent on governance and fundraising.


Carlisle Vicar backs make-up-free selfies

The recent trend of women posting pictures of themselves without make-up has raised more than £8million for cancer charities. But, it hasn't been without controversy.

Some commentators have questioned the origin of the idea, others the motives of those taking part. But for one vicar from Carlisle the reasons were very personal and the money raised justification enough for taking part.

Pam and Gregg were joined in the studio by The Reverend Sue Wicks and also by Dr Sarah Hazell from Cancer Research UK in London.

To find out more about breast cancer you can visit the Cancer Research UK website.

Men join the selfie trend

It is not just women that are contributing to the selfie trend.

Men have also joined the trend to show their support for cancer charities. However, the twist is that men are putting on make-up to show their support.

Women posting pictures of themselves without make-up recently became popular and has raised more than £8 million pounds for cancer charities.

Below are some of the pictures we've received so far.

Cumbrian doctors warning after fake cancer diagnosis emails sent to patients

Cumbrian doctors are warning their patients to be on their guard following a spate of spam emails targeting people in the county.

The emails claim to have been sent by NICE - the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - claiming that blood test results indicate the patient may have cancer.

The fake email states: “Further to your recent blood tests the results of your full blood count have indicated your white blood cells are low which could indicate cancer".

“A number of patients from different parts of Cumbria have contact their GP practices after reciving this spam email, which has caused concern and distress.

“We would like to confirm patients across Cumbria that this email is malicious, and that NICE are currently investigating where it is coming from and who is responsible.”

– Dr David Rogers, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Medical Director

The emails are being investigated by the police


Full Report: Cancer report on nuclear areas

Living next to a nuclear plant was does not increase the risk of childhood leukaemia according to the findings of a report out today.

A possible link was highlighted in a television programme in the 1980s which prompted inquiries into cases of leukaemia in Seascale near the Sellafield planet, known then as Windscale.

Then as now, no firm link was found, so today's news has come as a reassurance to people living in the village.

Watch Samantha Parker's report in full below.

"We find no evidence that there is a risk to children who live near a nuclear power plant"

Children living near nuclear power plants like Sellafield are not at greater risk of contracting leukaemia according to research in the British Journal of Cancer.

There have been suggestions of a link for the last thirty years.

Researchers studied 10,000 leukaemia cases over 40 years across the UK and found there was no apparent link with nearby nuclear sites.

Cancer charity welcomes report's findings

The charity Cancer Research UK has welcomed the findings of an investigation by the British Journal of Cancer, which concluded that there was no apparent extra risk of children developing cancers like leukaemia if they lived near a nuclear power plant.

“It's heartening that this study supports the findings of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE), that being born or living near a nuclear power station doesn't lead to more cases of leukaemia and similar cancers in children under five in the UK.

"But these results can't rule out any possible risk, so it's still important that we continue to monitor both radiation levels near nuclear power plants and rates of cancer among people who live close by.”

– Hazel Nunn, Cancer Research UK’s head of health information

"No correlation" between nuclear power plants and cancer in children

The lead researcher on a project that investigated whether children living or born close to nuclear power sites were more likely to develop cancers like leukaemia has said that there is "no correlation" between the circumstances.

"The incidence of childhood leukaemia near nuclear installations in Great Britain has been a concern ever since the 1980s when an excess of cancer in young people near Sellafield was reported in a television programme.

"Since then, there have been conflicting reports in the UK and Europe as to whether there is an increased incidence of childhood cancer near nuclear power plants.

"Our case-control study has considered the birth records for nearly ever case of childhood leukaemia born in Britain and, reassuringly, has found no such correlation with proximity to nuclear power plants."

– Dr John Bithell, honorary research fellow at the Childhood Cancer Research Group and lead author on the study
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