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Praise for skin cancer 'wonder' drug

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:

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Fresh warnings over skin cancer

by Sarah Rogers
Sunbathers Credit: PA

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.

Spray tan saves skin cancer sufferers life.

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.

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£1m raised in memory of Elise

A widower from Cheshire has raised one million pounds in his wife's memory. Elise Roberts died three years ago from skin cancer.

Following her death, Mark Roberts decided to dedicate his life to helping cancer sufferers.

He gave up his job to fundraise full time and has just reached his million pound target. But he says there's much more work to do.

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Husband raises £1m for Christie in wife's memory

A Cheshire man who lost his wife cancer has fulfilled her dying wish of raising £1m for the hospital which treated her. Elise Roberts was diagnosed in 2010 at the age of 37 and died 9 months later.

She was determined to make a difference to other cancer patients and vowed to raise the huge sum for The Christie in Manchester.

Three years on and her husband Mark has hit the target after numerous challenges which include a trek along the Great Wall of China, and a cycle trip through Vietnam and Cambodia.

Mark is still on the charity trail and with 200 others will climb Kilimanjaro next month.

Find out more about the 'Elise for Life' campaign here.

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