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Sun warning from Welsh cancer charity

Welsh beaches are popular with sunbathers. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

A Welsh cancer charity is warning people to take extra care as they prepare for a Sunday in the sun.

Recent figures from Tenovus show malignant melanoma is now one of the most common cancers in people aged 15-35 and cases have almost quadrupled in the last 30 years.

The charity is touring beaches, schools and parks in an ice cream van to raise awareness of the risks of sitting out in the sun.

New way of measuring cancer waiting times trialled

by Megan Boot

A new way of measuring waiting times for cancer treatment is being trialled across Wales in a bid to improve patient care.

Doctors say the current targets - where patients need to be treated within 62 or 31 days, depending on how they are referred - is too 'blunt' an instrument.

But the Conservatives say the Welsh Government is simply scrapping targets it has failed to meet since 2008.

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Prevention over Cure: Are we changing our relationship with cancer?

Every week here in Wales 50 people are diagnosed with breast cancer alone, making it the most common type of cancer for women. The so-called celeb effect has made us more aware than ever before.

So, with a society calling for earlier diagnosis and PREVENTATIVE treatment - is our relationship with cancer in the midst of change?

Wales This Week follows 34 year-old Leanne Hugglestone as she undergoes a double mastectomy to prevent a recurrence of cancer.

Wales This Week: Mastectomy and Me - Tonight at 8pm ITV Cymru Wales

Three complete double marathon for cancer research

L-R Andrew Marzano, Matt Marzano and James Healey (pictured with Andrew's daughters) celebrate completing their 53-mile double marathon

Three rugby fans have run through the night to complete a double marathon in aid of cancer research.

Brothers Andrew and Matthew Marzano and their friend James Healey set off from the Parc y Scarlets stadium in Llanelli at midnight, arriving at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium before noon today - a distance of 53 miles.

However, they ended up running a total of 56 miles - after taking an accidental detour near Bridgend.

Andrew Marzano told ITV News: "We went three miles in the wrong direction. And three miles in the wrong direction when you're doing 53 miles is a long way!"

But he added: "Cancer research is a cause very close to our hearts. Cancer affects all families. Mine and Matthew's grandmother died of cancer and various friends and family have also suffered."

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Funds from Movember help launch Wales' first 'ManVan'

Wales' first ever 'ManVan' has been launched, providing help and advice for men across Wales who are affected by prostate or testicular cancer.

The project is the result of a joint effort between cancer charity Tenovus and health organisations Prostate Cancer UK and The Movember Foundation.

The 'ManVan' has been payed for with funds raised during the annual moustache growing campaign.

Ambassador for Movember and Welsh rugby star George North says he's pleased to hear about the investment.

Whilst Movember is a bit of fun growing daft moustaches, it's great to also know that our efforts are making a real difference.

I encourage the men of Wales to make use of the 'ManVan' service and to continue supporting Movember's vision to change the face of men's health

– George North

Wales' first 'ManVan' hits the road

The 38 foot van is a converted American-style motorhome Credit: Tenovus

Wales' cancer charity Tenovus has joined forces with Prostate Cancer UK and The Movember Foundation to launch the country's first ever 'ManVan'.

Made possible with funds raised during the annual Movember moustache growing campaign, it's an American-style motorhome, which has been converted to bring dedicated mobile cancer support to communities throughout Wales.

The Van has been funded by money raised from the annual moustache growing campaign Movember Credit: Tenovus

The 38 foot van will bring one to one counselling, couples' counselling, group supports and benefits advice to men living in deprived or hard-to-reach areas.

The motorhome has been converted inside and out Credit: Tenovus

There will also be a range of educational talks available for men and local health care professionals, as well as a huge amount of information for men and their families to take away.

2,600 men are diagnosed with prostate or testicular cancer every year in Wales, with prostate cancer incidence rates 25% higher in Wales per head of population compared to the UK overall.

Claudia McVie, Chief Executive at Tenovus said,

"We want to improve the support available to men with prostate or testicular cancer in Wales by bringing vital services directly to them.

We know men aren't always comfortable talking about their worries, so we've designed the space specifically with them in mind.

We have years of experience delivering mobile cancer care into the heart of our communities, and now thanks to The Movember Foundation and Prostate Cancer UK, we can start to reach men who otherwise often go unsupported.

Read more: 'Man Van' would support cancer patients.

Welsh Govt: Tories trying to 'talk Welsh NHS down'

The Welsh Government has accused the Tories of trying "to talk the Welsh NHS down."

It comes after it emerged yesterday that figures obtained by English Conservative MP Simon Burns showed that the number of Welsh cancer patients travelling to England had nearly quadrupled in the last decade.

This is yet another attempt by the Tories to talk the Welsh NHS down.We know Welsh cancer patients receive faster access to treatment overall than patients in England; survival rates are increasing faster than in any part of the UK and Wales is at the forefront of the global race to find a cure for cancer.

– Spokesperson for Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister

But Andrew RT Davies, the leader of the Welsh Conservatives, told ITV News the figures were a further sign of the "lamentable way" the Welsh NHS is run.

The number of Welsh cancer patients travelling to England for care has nearly quadrupled

The number of Welsh cancer patients travelling to England for treatment has nearly quadrupled in the last decade. Figures obtained by English Conservative MP Simon Burns shows that in 2003 - 2004 there were 4,298 admissions. By 2012 - 2013 that figure had reached 16,755.

The Welsh Government says these figures represent a small amount of the total cancer care for welsh patients, and that the vast majority receive treatment in Wales:

"There will be very strong clinical reasons why a patient will need to be treated in England. What remains most important, as set out in our Cancer Delivery Plan, is that Welsh patients receive treatment based on individual need.”

– Welsh Government spokesperson
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