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Woman discovered on Facebook that she had cancer

It's an ongoing debate as to whether social networking sites are generally beneficial to our way of life. But one woman has told ITV Meridian that, thanks to Facebook, she discovered she had cancer.

Mum discovered she had cancer after reading posts on Facebook

A mother from Crawley in Sussex says she discovered she had ovarian cancer after reading about the symptoms on Facebook. Laura Everley, who's 36, had been feeling ill for two months when she came across posts by one of her friends. Doctors are optimistic about her future but she wants to raise awareness about the disease.


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.

Brave Kate raises awareness of eye cancer

She was just seven months old when she lost her eye to a rare form of cancer. Now, nine-year-old Kate Bravery is raising awareness of the disease.

It mainly affects children under the age of six and the symptoms can often go unnoticed. Tom Savvides has our report.


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.

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

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