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Cricket champs mark World Cancer Day

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:

Teenager releases song in memory of cousin who died from breast cancer

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.

Christmas Ball in memory of cancer boy Ethan

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.

Ethan Maul Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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.


Widow at Westminster for MP's debate into pancreatic cancer

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.

Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh at the University of Manchester with scientists and Maggie Watts Credit: Maggie Watts

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.

Patients urge rethink over cancer drug treatment

Six years ago Abiraterone was hailed as a medical breakthrough that could offer men extra time with loved ones and a chance to delay chemotherapy and its debilitating side effects.

Today the body that recommends what can and cannot be paid for said it 'wasn't cost effective'.

Prostate cancer patients have now been told that the life-extending drug will not be routinely prescribed unless they have chemotherapy.

One man from North Yorkshire who is fighting prostate cancer is calling for a rethink:

Cancer drug funding appeal rejected for the third time

A cancer sufferer's appeal for the NHS to pay for a drug she says is prolonging her life has been turned down for the third time.

Laura Loftus, from Leeds, is battling the health service, and also having to personally pay for the treatment at a cost of one thousand pounds a week.

She told ITV Calendar she is refusing to give up her fight for good health and her battle for the NHS to pick up the bill.

Tina Gelder reports:

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