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Sarah owes her life to best friend Claire

They say a friend in need is a friend indeed. But how far would you go to help your best pal?

One mother from Faversham in Kent says she owes her life to her best friend. Sarah Collins was devastated when she was diagnosed with aggressive bowel cancer and was preparing for an early death.

But her friend Claire refused to let her go. She fought tooth and nail to get Sarah the treatment she needed. Now the pair have celebrated Sarah's recovery by opening a new cancer charity shop in Canterbury. Andrea Thomas reports.

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Spiderman drops in to visit terminally ill boy

Jayden plays with Spiderman aka his dad Mike Wilson Credit: Hope for Jayden/ Facebook

A terminally ill five-year-old had his dreams come true when his hero 'Spiderman' paid him a visit on his birthday.

Jayden Wilson, who has been diagnosed with a Grade 4 Brain Stem Tumour and given a year to live, was delighted when his favourite superhero jumped down from the roof of his house and rang his doorbell in Basingstoke.

Jayden meets his hero Credit: Hope for Jayden/ Facebook

But 'Spiderman' was in fact Jayden's dad Mike Wilson who wanted to make his son's fifth birthday extra special.

Mr Wilson, from Hampshire, donned a replica of his son's favourite superhero's outfit and used his parkour skills to impress young Jayden on what could be his last birthday.

Mother died after NHS 'failed to diagnose cancer'

A devastated family claim a young mother-of-two died after NHS doctors repeatedly failed to diagnose cervical cancer.

Luisa Geurra, from Medway, was seen by medics more than 50 times over six years. First she was told to take Paracetemol for her worsening pain. Then she was told she was suffering from stress.

In desperation she paid for a private scan - and the cancer was detected. But by then it was too late. Andrea Thomas reports.

Southampton FC vs bladder and kidney cancer

Southampton stars Jay Rodriguez and Sammy Saint

Southampton FC have put their support behind a campaign, which is helping to raise awareness of a key symptom of bladder or kidney cancer – blood in pee.

Thermochromic posters have been installed in all of the urinals at St. Mary's stadium, ahead of the game against Sunderland on Saturday. When 'used', the heat reactive posters change colour and reveal the campaign message ‘if you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s ‘just the once’ tell your doctor’.

It comes as part of Public Health England's 'Be Clear on Cancer' campaign. More than 9 in 10 people in England survive bladder or kidney cancer for at least a year if diagnosed at the earliest stage.

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Cancer survivor releases charity song

A man from Buckinghamshire who lost his voice for almost a year after being diagnosed with throat cancer has released a song for charity.

Ray Coates from Aylesbury underwent major surgery and radiotherapy in order to beat the disease. He's now hoping to inspire others and raise vital funds for Cancer Research. Mel Bloor has been to meet him.

You can listen to his single here

Cancer survivor releases single to raise funds

An Aylesbury man who survived his battle with cancer which caused him to lose his voice has released a single to raise awareness of the disease.

Ray Coates from Aylesbury Vale battled with throat cancer since 2008 and some of his treatments saw him lose his voice for 6 months.

The singer decided release a single in order to raise funds and awareness of the disease and recorded a moving video to accompany the track.

Funds received from the sales of the single will go towards research into cures and treatment for cancer.

The song is dedicated to all those who have been affected by the disease; the families of the sufferers, survivors, medical professionals and those who have sadly lost their battle to cancer.

Skin cancer has doubled in the south in the last 20 years

The number of people across the south diagnosed with skin cancer has doubled in the last 20 years.

Loti Jackson from Lindfield in Sussex had surgery to remove a cancerous mole from her face when she was 27-years-old.

She's among 2,000 people in our region diagnosed with the disease every year.

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Rethink Cancer - calls for awareness classes in schools

Kris Hallenga is living with cancer after repeatedly visiting her doctor & being told she was too young to have breast cancer. She started a charity called Coppafeel, It aims to persuade young people to take responsibility for their own health checks. You can find out more about her charity here.

Kris was 23-years-old when she was diagnosed. Soon after she set up a Coppafeel to make young people aware that they too can be affected.

Not satisfied with just one project - Kris is now turning her attention to the curriculum. She's calling for prevention and detection to be taught in schools and has been supported in her quest by the Steve Brine, MP for Winchester. She's been talking to our reporter Kerry Swain.

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