A head teacher from Liverpool is welcoming the news a pioneering skin cancer drug will be made more widely available. It's claimed Yervoy (Ipilimumab), which was trialled in Manchester at the Christie helps the immune system destroy tumours and extends people's lives.
Previously it was only available for those having chemotherapy. Richard Jackson says he wouldn't be here without it:
A charity is launching an awareness campaign around skin cancer as record numbers of people are diagnosed in the North West. Over 850 people in region develop the disease each year, many in Liverpool. That;s the highest number in the country. (National Cancer Intelligence Network)
North West Cancer Research, (NWCR) will hold its ‘We Need to Talk About Skin Cancer’ today at the University of Liverpool. It's aim is to help local people understand more about skin cancer, its causes like sunbeds and sunbathing and the work being done in the region to beat it. Get more here.
A woman who was diagnosed with skin cancer says a spray tan session may have saved her life.
Jenni Townsend, who's originally from Anfield in Liverpool, had been addicted to sun beds for 10 years..
Ironically it was while having a spray tan that an irregular mole was found near her ankle.
The mum of two, who now lives in Sandbach, Cheshire, says a dermatologist took one look and ordered a biopsy, which found that the mole was a stage one melanoma. Since then Jenni's had a number of operations and now wants to make other mums aware of the dangers of over- using sun beds.