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Bereaved parents back national brain tumour inquiry

The parents of a young man from Carlisle who died of a brain tumour are backing a new national inquiry into the economic and social impacts of the disease.

Joe Wilson died aged 20 from a secondary tumour in his brain.

His father Paul Wilson says that the illness has a big impact on familes like his, but has never attracted the same level of funding as other cancers.

WATCH: Charity rugby match honours Ollie Armstrong

A charity rugby match has been held in Carlisle, in memory of a young man who died from a rare form of bone cancer earlier this year.

Ollie Armstrong's life was celebrated by his friends and family, and they also raised money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, who supported him throughout his illness.


Cancer patients and survivors in Cumbria encouraged to attend event

'Open Space' events are for people to speak about their experiences with cancer Credit: Macmillan Cancer Support

Morecambe Bay Cancer Partnership and Macmillan Cancer Support are offering 'Open Space' events for people to speak about their experiences with cancer.

The events are planned to also address challenges people using local services have faced.

The next session will be taking place on Monday 24th of April between 4.15pm and 8.30pm at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal.

Cancer charity visits Cumbrian schools

Teenage Cancer Trust Credit: Teenage Cancer Trust

A cancer charity is touring Cumbrian schools to teach pupils the warning signs to look out for.

The Teenage Cancer trust is aiming to get to every secondary school in the county to raise awareness of the disease among young people.

The worry is that 37 per cent of all teenage cancer diagnosis are diagnosed at A&E. We need to get it so that they're going to their doctors earlier and they're picking up on symptoms.

– Rachel Wilkinson, Teenage Cancer Trust


Watch: Supergran skydiving for charity

Eileen Dobson is 77 - but that didn't stop her from skydiving to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Watch her in action:

Eileen jumped out of a plane in memory of her grandson, Wayne, who died of cancer aged just 21.

She was joined by Wayne's sister and mum.

WATCH: Report criticises cancer treatment in Cumbria

A patients' group in Cumbria says some people are facing unacceptable delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment.

A Healthwatch survey found nearly a third of respondents in Copeland visited their GP five or more times before being diagnosed. Health managers say they welcome the report but question whether the reality is as bad as the survey's findings suggest. Katie Hunter reports.

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