Now, we hear a lot about efforts to raise money for cancer charities, and the never-ending fight to find better treatments and ultimately a cure.
But there is one charity which works with patients to make them look and feel better.
Those undergoing treatment are often left feeling tired and sick, but their physical appearance can also change, too.
"Look Good Feel Better" holds workshops in Sheffield, Lincoln and Hull for women and teenagers. The aim, quite simply, is to boost their confidence. Tamsin Eames reports:
Women over seventy are being warned to look out for all the signs of breast cancer. Around 1300 women aged over 70 in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire are diagnosed with breast cancer each year - but a third have symptoms other than a lump.
Those figures are revealed at the same time as concern is raised that older women are being too laid back about the importance of screenings and ignore appointments. James Webster reports.
A giant dog will walk across the Humber Bridge later to launch a tour around the country to raise money for Cancer Research.
The 8ft dog was constructed by women who were inspired by teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton. He died last year age 19 from bowel cancer.
You may remember last month we introduced you to the Cancer Fighters, who've recorded their version of the Nolan sisters classic, I'm in the Mood for Dancing.
Today the single was officially released and John and Christine caught up with the stars of the video on the programme earlier on:
Yorkshire cancer research have announced a partnership with county cricket champions Yorkshire on what is World Cancer Day.
Club president Dickie Bird joined members of Yorkshire's first team squad and the charity's chief executive to mark the two year deal with a balloon release on the pitch at Headingley.
It is hoped the partnership will raise awareness of the disease which kills 253 people in Yorkshire every week:
Sophie Cox lost her cousin Emma Speer to breast cancer last year. She was just 33-years-old. Sophie from Eastrington in East Yorkshire has decided to remember Emma by writing her first ever song and it was released yesterday with proceeds going to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Sophie and her mother Jackie joined Christine and Duncan in the Calendar studio.
A Lincolnshire-based children's charity is hosting a festive event this evening in memory of a young boy who lost his battle to cancer earlier this year.
The Ethan Maull 'Up Yours To Cancer' Foundation will stage its annual Black and White Christmas Ball tonight at Jocasta's in Lincoln.
The charity ball is in memory of ten-year-old Ethan, who passed away on 5th May 2014 after losing his battle against cancer.
Ethan and his family, who live in Torksey near Lincoln, set up the foundation in 2013 to help raise awareness of osteosarcoma after he was diagnosed with the rare form of children's bone cancer in December 2012.
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A widow from Scunthorpe will be in Parliament today to listen to MPs discuss the illness which killed her husband. The visit by Maggie Watts, 50, to Westminster, is a major milestone in her campaign to increase funding for research into pancreatic cancer. Her husband Kevin Watts, a local builder, died from the disease aged 48 in 2008. His death spurred mum of one Mrs Watts to organise a 106,000-name on-line petition and force a debate in the House of Commons.
Former Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, whose character Hayley Cropper was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the long-running soap opera, joined Maggie's campaign after becoming aware of the disease’s low survival rate - around three per cent five years after diagnosis. The debate will be led by Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin.
The body that recommends what drugs can and cannot be paid for now says a drug once hailed as a breakthrough is not "cost effective".
A man from Lincolnshire who won his fight against prostate cancer has joined the ranks of those calling for Arbiraterone to remain available: