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Girl suspended for shaving head in support of friend

Kamryn Renfro was sent home from Caprock Academy in Colorado.

A US schoolgirl was suspended after shaving her head in solidarity with a friend who is battling cancer.

Kamryn Renfro, nine, had her parents' permission and said shaving her head "felt like the right thing to do."

The gesture made 11-year-old Delaney Clements, who lost her hair after undergoing chemotherapy during treatment for neuroblastoma, "feel very special" and that she "wasn't alone."

But officials at the school in Grand Junction, Colorado, said they had to suspend Kamryn because a shaved head was against the school's dress code policy.

She was allowed to return to school yesterday following national media coverage.

'No make-up selfies' raise £8 million for cancer charity

Cancer charities are reporting a spike in donations following the online campaign.
Cancer charities are reporting a spike in donations following the online campaign. Credit: ITV News

Read more: Text errors see selfie donations 'reach wrong charity'

The trend for women sharing pictures wearing no make-up and giving a donation to a cancer charity has now raised £8 million for Cancer Research UK.

The charity confirmed today that the the #nomakeupselfie trend has netted the impressive sum in just over a week.

See more: No make-up selfies help charity raise £1m in 24 hours

Other cancer charities have also benefited from extra donations due to the social media led campaign.

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Text errors see selfie donations 'reach wrong charity'

Cancer Research received £2m in just two days thanks to the social media craze.

Thousands of pounds donated during the #nomakeupselfie craze was accidentally sent to the wrong charity, according to a report.

The BBC said that more than £18,000 had been erroneously given to Unicef rather than Cancer Research by people who had texted the word 'DONATE' rather than 'BEAT'.

Read more: 'No make-up selfies' raise £8 million for cancer charity

Other charitable selfie-takers had accidentally auto-corrected the word 'BEAT' to 'BEAR' and in turn received a response from a wildlife charity thanking them for enquiring about adopting a polar bear.

Unicef told the BBC they were working on passing the misdirected donations on to Cancer Research.

Watch: Cancer sufferer's 'no make-up selfie' goes viral

Breast Cancer Campaign raises £140k from selfies

Breast Cancer Campaign says it has received more than £140,000 in donations following the online 'no make-up selfie' campaign.

Cancer charities are reporting a spike in donations following the online campaign. Credit: ITV News

Other cancer charities have also noticed a spike in donations following the campaign, including Cancer Research UK, which has received £2 million in the past 24 hours.

James Elliot Head of Digital Engagement at Breast Cancer Campaign said: "‘Breast Cancer Campaign has continued to see donations roll in as a result of the #nomakeupselfie campaign.

"We couldn’t be more delighted, this campaign demonstrates the powerful impact that social media can have in raising awareness of breast cancer.

"Without it we wouldn’t have received over £140,000 to spend on life-saving research. We thank everyone who has got involved so far and urge everyone who is thinking of taking part to remember to donate by texting CURE to 70660"

Read more: No make-up selfies raise £2m for Cancer Research UK

'No make-up selfies' lead to £2m charity donations

'No make-up selfies' have now prompted £2 million to be donated to Cancer Research UK.

The internet craze, which has gained momentum on social media in the UK in the last week, involves women taking photographs of themselves without make-up, posting them online, making a donation to charity and nominating others to do the same.

Other cancer charities have also seen a rise in donations following the campaign.

On Thursday Cancer Research UK revealed they had received £1 million in donations off the back of the trend in just 24 hours. Today they tweeted:

Read more: No make-up selfies help cancer charity raise £1m in just 24 hours

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Lung cancer rates in women 'will continue to rise'

The number of women diagnosed with lung cancer "will continue to rise" in the future, and more investment in research is needed if the rate is to decline, experts have warned.

Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, said:

Rates of lung cancer in women have sadly been on the increase for several years, largely as a result of the increasing number of women who smoked up until the 1970s.

Unfortunately, it is likely that lung cancer rates in women will continue to rise in the future.

It is therefore worrying to see that, despite the efforts of the British Lung Foundation and other research funders, investment in lung cancer research lags well behind the amount invested in cancers such as breast cancer and bowel cancer.

– Dr Penny Woods

Read: 'Over 35,000 deaths' from lung cancer in 2011

'Over 35,000 deaths' from lung cancer in 2011

Some 35,200 deaths in the UK were attributable to lung cancer in 2011, according to Cancer Research UK.

The charity has raised concerns over the number of women struck down with the disease, after it emerged lung cancer rates had risen by 78% in women over the last 40 years.

According to Cancer Research UK:

  • Rates of lung cancer among women now stand at 41 women in every 100,000, up from 23 per 100,000 in 1975.
  • For men, the lung cancer rate is now 59 per 100,000, down from 112 per 100,000 in 1975.
  • The proportion of men who smoke has been declining since the 1950s but for women this didn't happen until the 1970s, he said.
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