People in the South west are among the most likely in England to consider becoming a foster parent. That's according to a new poll by The Fostering Network. The charity says 26 percent of adults would contemplate becoming carers - two percent more than the UK average.
The survey also found that 75 per cent of residents in the South West's residents felt positive about foster carers and their role.
The rates of people diagnosed with skin cancer are now five times higher than 40 years ago, according to Cancer Research UK.
More than 13,000 people now develop the disease every year compared with around 1,800 in 1975.
They say the rise is partly down to an explosion in package holidays to Europe and the increasing popularity of the “must-have” tan often achieved only after damaging sunburn. The boom in sunbed use has also helped to fuel the increase in skin cancer.
New figures have revealed an alarming rise in the number of cases of scarlet fever in the South West.
According to Public Health England, there were 239 cases in 2013 to 2014 compared to 96 in 2012 to 2013.
Since last year there's been an increase of 23.5% in the number of scarlet fever cases in the South West.
The agency says it's investigating the reasons behind the increase.
British and French fishermen are calling on the government for more scientific studies into Scallop stocks in the channel. It comes after they met in Brixham this week to discuss the sustainability of scallops.
It's an industry that's worth 54 million pounds in the UK. The two day conference was set up to encourage the two countries to work together.
British and French fishermen will meet in Brixham today to discuss how to keep Scallop Fishing sustainable in the South West. The Scallop fishing industry is worth around 54 million the UK every year, and is thought to be vital to the South West's economy.
Police are warning that the number of telephone bank scams being reported to them in the region is on the increase. Victims are called out of the blue and asked to give their bank details over the phone or to hand over cards or cash to a courier.
More than two thirds of men in the South West don't know how to check themselves for Testicular Cancer. That's according to a new survey released for Male Cancer Awareness Week. Half of those men would also shy away from going to a GP if they found a lump.
The disease is most common in men from the age of 15 to 45.
Kate Haskell has Wednesday's forecast for the region:
Family health services in the West Country are facing a crisis as stressed GPs threaten to leave their jobs according to a report by the British Medical Association.
Sixty percent are considering retiring early while over a third have set a date to do so. They say the reason is long hours and high workloads. The BMA claim some practices across the region are already staring at a funding and recruitment crisis.
Thousands of people who rent houses or flats across the Westcountry are too scared of being evicted to ask their landlord to fix a problem, according to new reseach by the charity Shelter. A poll found that 1 in 12 tenants avoided asking for repairs in case they were forced to leave.