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Blogs about life with cancer.

Brothers to brave Atlantic Ocean in row for skin cancer research

15Mar

Two Lymington brothers are preparing to row the Atlantic Ocean in memory of their late father Peter Massey, who sufferer with basal cell carcinoma skin cancer and sadly passed away in 2015 aged 63. Jude Massey, 17, and Dr Greg … Continue reading

  

Go for gold

23Jan

According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), you shouldn’t eat burnt toast as you may be increasing your exposure to acrylamide, a carcinogenic chemical formed via a reaction between amino acids and sugars when foods with a high starch content are … Continue reading

  

Jo’s trust #smearforsmear campaign

20Jan

Jo’s trust is the only UK charity which dedicates itself to women affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities. Every year, Jo’s trust campaigns for women to be increasingly aware of the symptoms of cervical cancer and the need to … Continue reading

  

Alcohol awareness week

11Nov

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Did you know that next week (14-20 November) sees the start of alcohol awareness week? An initiative run by Alcohol Concern (you know them- the founders of Dry January!) which aims to raise awareness of the risks of alcohol to … Continue reading

  

Innovative ovarian cancer test detects the disease before symptoms are present

20Jul

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Find out more about the brand new ROCA test, which is helping to detect ovarian cancer at an earlier stage before any symptoms are present. Ovarian cancer is common in the UK, affecting around 7,000 women each year. It can … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: The First Penis Transplant in the USA, and Should Men Over 40 Avoid Having Children?

17May

Doctors have performed the first penis transplant in the USA

A prominent health news story over the last few days has been the reporting on the first penis transplant in the USA. The story may make many readers wince, but as the doctors who performed the operation have pointed out, … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Sun Awareness Week 2016

9May

Girl holiday sun

With the temperature hitting upwards of 26°C across the country this weekend, thousandsof us were outside enjoying the weather. But while you were out in the sun, how much attention did you pay to the protection of your skin? In … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Treatment for Skin Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease; The Junior Doctors Dispute Wares On

19Apr

Junior Doctors Strike

Over the last few weeks, we’ve covered a number of positive health stories about potential breakthroughs in the treatment of deadly diseases including cancer. The potential good news continues this week, with the announcement of a new combination of drugs … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: Revelations about the Quality of Mental Health Care for Young People and a Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment

12Apr

Children and teenagers are being let down by the medical establishment, two new reports argue

Two stories that have dominated the health news over the last few days share a common theme: that young people with mental health problems are being let down by the medical establishment in the UK. An edition of the BBC’s … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: More Strikes, The Oldest Ever Mother of Triplets, and Singing’s Effect on Cancer

6Apr

Evidence suggests that singing in a choir may - for some at least - help to reduce stress and have a number of positive health benefits

Today (Wednesday 6th April), junior doctors in England began their fourth strike over the new contracts that are to be ‘imposed’ on them by the government. The walkout began at 08:00am and will last for 48 hours. With these latest … Continue reading

  

How will the 2016 Budget affect your health?

16Mar

Sugar Tax

Today, George Osborne delivered his 8th budget as Chancellor. Tell us what you think of the 2016 budget. Do you think the Chancellor went far enough with his health initiatives? The key health-based initiatives announced are: A new Sugar Tax. … Continue reading

  

This Week in Health News: A Radical New Cancer Treatment and More

25Feb

Researchers are developing a radical new method of cancer treatment

You may have noticed a number of cancer-related stories in the news this week. For one thing, data released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre has shown a significant recent drop in the number of women in England … Continue reading

  

Is there no safe way to get a suntan?

11Feb

Basal cell carcinoma - the most common form of skin cancer.

This week, actor Hugh Jackman revealed on social media that he has recently undergone treatment for basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer. He’s been treated for the condition a number of times before, and has this … Continue reading

  

World Cancer Day, and Major New Research into Bowel Cancer

4Feb

Today is World Cancer Day

As you’ve probably already seen, today (4th February 2016) is World Cancer Day. Charities and individuals all over the world have been engaging with the event, both through supporting the campaign itself and organizing local efforts to raise awareness of … Continue reading

  

This week in health news: Terry Wogan, the Zika virus, and more

2Feb

The Zika virus is know to be carried by a certain kind of mosquito commonly known as the Yellow Fever Mosquito

Some very sad news hit us at talkhealth along with the rest of the UK on Sunday: that Sir Terry Wogan had died of cancer at the age of 77. The legendary broadcaster had a short battle with cancer and … Continue reading

  

R.I.P. David Bowie – and what do we know about liver cancer?

13Jan

David Bowie died this week of liver cancer.

The world experienced a palpable and seismic tremor of sadness at the death of David Bowie this week, who had fought an 18 month battle with cancer. As further details emerge it seems that the underlying diagnosis was of liver … Continue reading

  

Meet Speedo Mick … charity fundraiser extraordinaire

12Jan

BBC

Amongst other things I’m a Wycombe Wanderers football fan. A league 2 club with no money but fans who totally believe in and support the manager and the squad week in and week out. And this weekend just gone was … Continue reading

  

Your Immune System – The First Line of Defence against Infections

8Dec

Growing problems of immunity to antibiotics

On 6th December 2015, there was some disturbing news in the Daily Mail.  The headline ran thus: “Superbug that beats antibiotics heading our way” Basically, superbugs have breached the last line of antibiotic defences for the first time.  A drug, Colistin, … Continue reading

  

3 Things a Cancer Patient Should Do Before Passing On

18Nov

My late father-in-law was 67 when he passed away with Stage IV of Pancreatic Cancer in June 2015. He underwent several cycles of chemotherapy and had lived for 1.5 years before succumbing to the cancer this year. He was very … Continue reading

  

What does ‘abnormal’ white cell count mean?

8Oct

This is something your GP may talk to you about after reviewing your blood tests. It sounds very scary but the vast majority of times there is usually a very simple and non-worrying reason. White cells are blood cells that … Continue reading

  

The miracle that is aspirin

28Sep

aspirin

Aspirin has been around a long time. It was first marketed by a German pharmaceutical company Bayer in 1898 as a cough suppressant and a ‘non-addictive’ substitute for morphine. Although acetylsalicylic acid (the chemical name for aspirin) was only first … Continue reading

  

13 symptoms never to ignore

7Sep

Dont-ignore

A large number of people have a habit of ignoring potentially serious symptoms. This may have dire consequences for the individuals concerned as delays in diagnosing cancer can lead to disastrous outcomes in terms of treatment and potential cure. There … Continue reading

  

How Did that Mole Get There? Tips to Treating Moles and When to Get Help

24Aug

The body has a funny way of operating. One way in which the body sends signals that something’s going on is through the skin. Various skin conditions such as acne and moles can be an underlying warning sign that something … Continue reading

  

E-cigarettes. I am confused.

21Aug

Woman smoking with electronic cigarette

I admit I am a little out of touch with latest trends and e -cigarettes are no exception . I like many tried cigarettes in my teens but did not like them and never got the habit. I understand that … Continue reading

  

Live self determined-Die self determined

14Aug

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In my last blog I wrote about the process of Assisted Dying in Switzerland. A country I have loved to ski and walk in for many years and a country I feel very at home in, as do my two … Continue reading

  

To die with dignity?

9Aug

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In this weeks news was the story of a woman in her seventies who travelled to a clinic in Switzerland to take advantage of Swiss law, which allows  an individual to choose to end their life. The article suggested that … Continue reading

  

14 Shocking things you need to know about dental health

28Jul

A woman brushing her teeth

14 Shocking things you need to know about dental health. We all know that brushing our teeth twice a day and regular visits to our dentists are the key to keeping our teeth healthy. While this is true, there are … Continue reading

  

Smear Test Saved My Life!

8Jul

To me, it is a no brainer!  If someone says to you, would you like a test that could potentially save your life, then the answer should be ‘yes, yes, yes!’ I am utterly shocked that in this day and … Continue reading

  

Living the dream

7Jul

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This week we are running our online clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health. I have had a stressful week, moving house, downsizing here in the UK and hoping soon to semi-retire and move to France. It made me think of … Continue reading

  

Raising Awarenss: Womb Cancer Support UK

3Jun

Womb Cancer Support

  Thanks to the posts about my own cancer, I connected with Kaz Molloy, a uterine cancer advocate in the UK. There, uterine cancer is known as “womb cancer.” Kaz says there’s very little awareness of this kind of cancer in the UK. She shares … Continue reading

  

Still a marathon runner – ready to do it all again!

5May

ultrabonkers marathon blog

A week on from successfully completing my first marathon, the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015, and I’m still just as happy as I was a week ago, and it will be something that lives with me all my life. I … Continue reading

  

An exciting week at talkhealth

5May

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Last week Deborah was invited to speak at Digital Works 2015, hosted by the PM Society, to discuss our digital offering and the benefits we can provide. She spoke alongside presenters from the likes of Novo Nordisk and Novartis to … Continue reading

  

ONE WEEK! One week of paranoia, excitment, balanced nutrition, hydration & staying healthy

20Apr

7days_togo

This is it, just one week left till the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015.  A week / 7 days.  Seems a short time but, oh my word!  This is going to be a long, long, long week!  Not that I’m excited or … Continue reading

  

TAPER? I’M STILL TRAINING!!! AND BEING SUPPORTED BY STEPHEN FRY!

31Mar

Click the arrow above to watch how Stephen Fry is supporting runners raising money by running the London Marathon

Oh my!  The Virgin Money London Marathon really is getting close!  Sunday 26th April to be precise, or even more precise: 3 long runs, 8 effort runs, 9 recovery runs (or parkruns), 6 rest days, 2x Pilates sessions, 4x swims … Continue reading

  

Running to beat blood cancers

4Feb

Running to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

My journey into marathons and ultra-marathons to challenge myself and raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research I’m a 53 year old Dad with two daughters at UNI, kart racer and a management consultant working long, pretty stressful hours from … Continue reading

  

The FEELS

30Dec

When I started writing about my weight loss journey I imagined myself sitting at my laptop being witty and wise and hopefully inspirational. Whats happened is Ive opened a can of worms where my feelings about my metamorphasis have bubbled … Continue reading

  

My Cancer Story: Handmade Affirmations!

12Dec

Open Box

The biggest challenge I faced after my cancer surgery was letting myself recover. Sounds so silly! But as a project person, sometimes I fought the need to rest. (Other days, I thought it glorious. I loved having no greater mission than hours … Continue reading

  

The Christmas Gift

8Dec

I love Christmas. I love the build-up to Christmas. The crazy running around, gift-buying, baking, visiting, carolling, then the peace and quiet of Christmas Day. To reflect on the year, on life, be thankful, happy and sad. Christmas will never … Continue reading

  

Cancer prompts marriage, travelling and thrill-seeking

10Nov

Getting married, travelling to Australia and skydiving are the three most common things Brits would do if they were diagnosed with cancer. When asked to name three things they would add to a bucket list if they were told they … Continue reading

  

Cancer Survival in England: Adults Diagnosed 2008 to 2012, followed up to 2013

4Nov

Open book. Clipping path

Headline figures The trend of increasing survival continued for cancer patients diagnosed during 2008–2012. Survival is generally lower for older patients than younger patients, even after adjusting for death from other causes than cancer. Five-year net survival is over 80% for … Continue reading

  

Autumn colours

9Oct

Mom always enjoyed the autumn colours on her birthday. She would have been 70 today. We will be going for a walk in the woods later, to enjoy the colours and to celebrate. Mom’s cancer was aggressive. The first round … Continue reading

  

Lynda Bellingham- Bowel Cancer UK statement

30Sep

Bowel cancer charity logo

“At Bowel Cancer UK, we were all saddened to hear of the news of Lynda Bellingham’s diagnosis of advanced bowel cancer.” “But unfortunately it’s all too common.  Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer and that’s why we … Continue reading

  

Skin cancer hospital admissions soar by 41% in just five years

2Sep

skin cancer melanoma

The number of hospital admissions for skin cancer treatment in England has increased by 41 per cent in the space of just five years, according to a study being presented this week at the World Congress on Cancers of the … Continue reading

  

Mediterranean diet reduces mouth cancer risk

14Aug

Man eating salad

The article was released on the British Dental Health Foundation News section A Mediterranean diet can halve the risk of developing mouth cancer, according to a new study. The results, published in the British Journal of Cancer1, discovered that patients who … Continue reading

  

Bladder, bowel and digestive health clinic 2014

28Jul

talkhealth clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health

Did you manage to visit our online clinic on bladder, bowel and digestive health? If you missed it or would like to read through the questions and answers you can see all the content here. We would like to thank … Continue reading

  

New clinical trial in bowel cancer

21Jul

Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered how two genes – called MEK and MET – cause bowel cancer cells to become resistant to treatments used against the disease, according to research in the journal Cell Reports*. “Our discoveries in this … Continue reading

  

Garden Blessings and a Cancer Diagnosis

16Jul

Pink Zinnea

I’m a reluctant gardener. Perhaps because I can only grow zinnias and marigolds.  For real. All other seeds fail me. Perennials, except for a few, refuse to reappear in the spring. But this year the gardening muse took over, and I … Continue reading

  

Cervical cancer prevention in BME communities: raising awareness and overcoming barriers.

14Jul

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talkhealth are proud to support Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust during Ethinic Minority Cancer Awareness Month (EMCAM) To highlight Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and the NHS Cancer Screening programme are holding a free training day in … Continue reading

  

Cervical Screening Awareness Week: What you need to know

9Jun

jo's cervical cancer pic

Cervical Screening Awareness Week (CSAW) is a UK-wide initiative led by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. The week aims to highlight the importance of cervical screening (smear) and how attending a screening invitation can help to prevent cervical cancer.   Please … Continue reading

  

Genuine and practical help for people with weight issues?…

28May

Marya Rosales

Today’s newspaper headlines highlight the NICE guidelines that make “recommendations on the provision of effective multi-component lifestyle weight management services for adults who are overweight or obese (aged 18 and over)”.  The major health problems often cited as a consequence of obesity … Continue reading

  

Does sunlight help protect against skin cancer?

22May

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Moderate sunbathing outdoors or on a sunbed can be good preparation for a summer holiday. Sunburn and recreational exposure to the sun, e. g. during a summer holiday, encourage skin cancer, particularly in fair-skinned people. At the same time, the … Continue reading

  

Always on my mind

30Apr

I’m not used to people telling me things I didn’t know about my Mother. In the weeks leading up to her death from lung cancer, we talked a lot. She told me many personal things, and we shared the most … Continue reading

  

European study reveals new causes of mouth and throat cancer

9Apr

Poor oral health and failure to have regular dental checks could increase the risk of mouth and throat cancer, according to a pan-European study. The research also suggests – based on a small number of tumour patients – that excessive … Continue reading

  

Dangerous misconceptions about skin cancer revealed by new research

19Mar

Over half (53 per cent[1]) of people within the UK worry less about skin cancer than other cancers, with nearly one in five (18 per cent) misguidedly thinking it’s easily avoidable, according to new research. Furthermore, 38 per cent of … Continue reading

  

Bowel Cancer UK launches new diet information pack for people in recovery from bowel cancer

10Mar

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Bowel Cancer UK has produced a new information pack called ‘Your Diet: Living with and beyond bowel cancer’ which will inform and give tips to people recovering from bowel cancer. Every year, over 40,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer … Continue reading

  

A Skeptical Approach to Medicine – Part Three – What’s the harm ?

20Feb

It’s been a while since I had the opportunity to post on Talk Health Partnership. This is despite a range of subjects interesting and moving me to want to comment. As ever, time is one of a select few commodities … Continue reading

  

Smokers to get ready for battle on No Smoking Day

12Feb

National No Smoking Day on 12 March 2014

Smokers in across the UK are being urged to prepare for battle and attempt to give up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 12 March 2014. One in five UK adults smoke (1), but … Continue reading

  

Walk and talk

6Feb

Just when I thought there was no more to say, a simple comment to Dad today brought out another level of reflection from us both. Time has given us the space to listen and so nearly three years since Mom … Continue reading

  

#talkhealth Twitter Chat – Should ecigs be banned for under 18’s?

27Jan

Should ecigs be banned for under 18s?

Tonight is the first of our #talkhealth weekly Twitter Chats. Each Monday from 8-9pm we will be hosting a Twitter Chat based around a topical health news story of the week. Tonight it’s all about electronic cigarettes. “Should ecigarettes be … Continue reading

  

Choose Life

10Dec

Someone asked me the other day whether cancer was ultimately a positive, transformative experience. Gosh, what a question! Thinking positively about cancer didn’t come easily to me at all, and I can’t imagine it comes easily to anyone. I experienced … Continue reading

  

How can managers support working carers who look after someone with cancer?

10Dec

Peter’s manager had been trying to get hold of me urgently. I left a routine meeting I had been chairing to call him back. One of the longer term members of his team had recently become a dad (for the … Continue reading

  

The Hidden Impact of Cancer – Dealing with the Psychological Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis

10Dec

  A few days ago I took part in two events concerning cancer and mental health. You might well ask – what has that got to do with cancer and returning to work?  My response to that is that it … Continue reading

  

The Grim Reality of Oral Cancer in Africa

28Nov

Dental examinations in Tanzania

Mouth cancer (also known as oral cancer) is when an abnormal group of cells, known as a tumour, develops within the tissues of the tongue, mouth, lips or gums. As a dental practitioner working out in Africa for much of … Continue reading

  

Oral cancer: My perspective

19Nov

Christine Gundry

As a PhD student researching cancer, I have heard time and time again the latest cancer statistics and the latest idea of how to ‘beat’ cancer. However, it never crossed my mind that I, a healthy and happy 25 year … Continue reading

  

Young cancer patients three times more likely to be diagnosed through A&E

14Oct

A report released today by Teenage Cancer Trust shows that over a third of young people with cancer (37%) are diagnosed through admission to accident and emergency. This is nearly three times the number of adults diagnosed in this way … Continue reading

  

How do we get men to be more open about cancer

1Oct

Silence isn't always golden

One major issue that has been raised with us a number of times is how to get men to be more open about health issues and cancer specifically so that HR professionals and line managers can provide them with the … Continue reading

  

Don’t depend on EHIC when travelling with a medical condition

4Sep

MedicalTravelCompared.com is a travel insurance comparison site specifically for over 65s and those with a pre-existing medical condition. The MedicalTravelCompared insurance panel currently comprises over 18 insurance products. Travellers complete a simple question set and a list of insurers, covers and premiums are returned. MedicalTravelCompared.com is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The FCA Number is 592298. www.MedicalTravelCompared.com 0844 887 2102

Warnings to UK travellers not to rely solely on the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) for emergency treatment while they are on holiday should be heeded especially by people with pre-exiting medical conditions.  www.MedicalTravelCompared.com, the first stand-alone comparison site for … Continue reading

  

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Radiation Necrosis: Does It Really Work?

31Aug

If you’re an athlete or a cancer patient, you’re probably familiar with hyperbaric therapy. If you’re not, you should be. It’s a treatment option for people suffering from different conditions, including sports injuries and radiation necrosis. Hyperbaric therapy offers 100 … Continue reading

  

Thinking of taking your e-cigs on holiday? Check before you go

15Aug

Case packed, passport in hand, Euros in purse/pocket – ready to go! The big question now is “Can I take my electronic cigarettes on holiday?” Well, it depends on where you go, as regulations vary from country to country. I … Continue reading

  

I’m not dead yet

9Aug

Anniversaries focus the mind. Bring back memories. A talk radio discussion this morning reminded me how angry I was in the month before Mom died. How determined we were that Mom would not die in hospital. Mom was admitted for … Continue reading

  

Returning to work after cancer – what’s so important?

24Jul

Enabling cancer survivors  to return to work benefits the wider community

Returning to work after cancer – what’s so important? There are at present over 2 million people in the UK living with cancer and Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that by 2030 there will be 4 million. But the story of … Continue reading

  

Time passing

21Jul

The every-day hum drum of life is OK. It’s the quiet times that get to me. The times when grief is close to the surface of my heart, and erupts in a harsh sob, that I can’t even tell the … Continue reading

  

Do people buy ‘go private’ because the NHS is bad ?

8Jul

In the United Kingdom the historic premise behind the National Health Service (NHS) has always been medical care free to the user at the point of delivery. It should of course never be forgotten that the NHS is anything but … Continue reading

  

The Critical Role of Line Managers

1Jul

I am often asked what is the most important factor in helping people return to work after cancer. Clearly a lot depends on the diagnosis, the stage that the cancer is at, and the kind of work the individual does. … Continue reading

  

Two-fifths of Britons sunburn on purpose to get ‘deeper’ tan

24Jun

Two thirds of britons deliberately burn to try and get a deeper tan

Two-fifths of people (40%) say they burn their skin in the sun on purpose to ‘deepen’ a tan, according to new research by Macmillan Cancer Support1. This is despite the fact that getting a painful sunburn just once every two … Continue reading

  

Know your stuff – the importance of self examination for testicular cancer

18Jun

Dr Chowdhury explains about how to do a testicular self-examination

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer for men aged 15-49 in the UK[i], with cases having more than doubled in Britain since the mid-1970s[ii]. However, despite this for the vast majority of men – around 95% – testicular cancer is curable, and this rate … Continue reading

  

Justice League Chemotherapy Bags for Children with Cancer

14Jun

Justice League chemotherapy bags

Justice League chemotherapy bags are now available for children with cancer. It’s about time that superheroes gave sick kids a helping hand. Warner Bros., famous among comic book fans for their DC Comics legacy, recently partnered with A. C. Camargo … Continue reading

  

DIARY ENTRY 2ND DECEMBER 2010

10Jun

Sean’s brain tumour was discovered in late Easter this year. It was diagnosed as a Pilomyxoid Astrocytoma, a low grade tumour. For those who don’t know what this means, I’ll explain. The World Health Organisation categorizes tumours as one of … Continue reading

  

Good news and bad news re cancer issued today.

7Jun

      I’m sure you’ve heard the news today based on research by Macmillan  that by 2020 almost half of Britons will get cancer in their lifetime although 38% will not die from the disease. The growth in the … Continue reading

  

Government advert campaign about passive smoking

4Jun

Government campaign about passive smoking on TV and online

People who smoke are being reminded of the dangers of passive smoking (second-hand smoke) in a Government advertising campaign  both via TV and online adverts. The latest research suggests that the NHS spends around £23m each year on children affected … Continue reading

  

Angelina

15May

I’ve just been asked to do an interview about Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy in the context of working in an industry where appearance is everything. As Hadley Freeman wrote today in the Guardian, she has done something extraordinary and brave.  That doesn’t make … Continue reading

  

HPV Vaccination: Why Parents Have Second Thoughts – and Why They Shouldn’t

15May

Nobody likes needles – despite being small, they can make even a grown man cry. But needles reach a new level of “scary” among parents with the advent of HPV vaccination as they ask themselves, “Do I have to give … Continue reading

  

Quick facts about UV protection and your eyes

7May

Studies have shown that the effects of UV radiation are cumulative and may increase the chance of developing eye problems later in life

Many people know that exposure to the sun, especially at the height of summer, can damage their skin. But they don’t realise that extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can also increase the risk of developing eye problems. CUMULATIVE DAMAGE: … Continue reading

  

Sun Awareness Week survey results revealed

7May

Half of Britons think that their skin is darker than it actually is, putting them at risk of developing skin cancer, according to new research by the British Association of Dermatologists. The statistics are being released to mark the start … Continue reading

  

Rise in Cancer patients facing discrimination at work

3May

Today Macmillan published a press release showing that four in ten people (37%) who return to work after cancer treatment say they experience some kind of discrimination from their employer or colleagues – compared to just under a quarter (23%) … Continue reading

  

More and more cancer patients facing discrimination at work

3May

Rise in cancer patients facing discrimination at work

There has been a rise in the number of people living with cancer experiencing discrimination at work – despite the introduction of the Equality Act, according to Macmillan Cancer Support1. New research shows almost four in ten people (37%) who … Continue reading

  

Working With Cancer – Beginnings

2May

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It was probably the most important bath I’ve ever had. Why? Well because it was while I was soaking away, floating in the steamy scented water and wondering if my hair would ever grow back after chemotherapy, that I thought … Continue reading

  

Long-distance grieving

24Apr

They say that the world is getting smaller, meaning it is easier to travel to or communicate with loved ones, friends, family and colleagues. But what about when someone you care about is ill, terminally ill? And living 10,000 km … Continue reading

  

Half of people with moles which are cancerous or at risk of skin cancer have a history of sunburn or sunbed use

22Apr

Over half of people with moles which are cancerous or at risk of skin cancer have a history of sunburn or sunbed use, according to figures released by The MOLE Clinic. In the past 12 months, the London-based independent skin … Continue reading

  

Online clinic on 50+ health – opens 17 April

15Apr

NHS Choices / talkhealth online clinic on 50+ health

Our NHS Choices / talkhealth online clinic on 50+ health opens this Wednesday, 17 April 2013 and runs until 23 April. We have a fantastic panel of 10 medical experts who will be available throughout the week to answer all … Continue reading

  

London takes its place among healthcare innovation elite cities of the world

13Mar

Downing Street

Jeremy Hunt launches London Centre of Innovation Excellence and new app library to help people live well. The UK’s worldwide reputation for innovation in healthcare will be sealed today as Jeremy Hunt launches London’s new centre of innovation excellence established … Continue reading

  

Close one door and another one opens

21Feb

When Mom was diagnosed I was angry. So angry that her retirement had been ripped apart so cruelly. So angry that her life would be cut short and there was nothing we could do about it. Angry that my job … Continue reading

  

Don’t sweat the small stuff

31Jan

I have changed. I used to be a worry-pot. I used to get annoyed at the slightest thing. I could get in a real temper. But that was before Mom became ill and died. It was a life-changing event. I … Continue reading

  

How will you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions? Read some top tips to beat the odds

2Jan

Almost 1 in 10 (9%) New Year’s resolutions last at least 6 months but almost 4 in 10 (39%) will be over in 2 weeks. More than 4 in 10 (45%) say lack of willpower is to blame for why … Continue reading

  

Health 2012: a year in headlines

31Dec

Our health in 2012

In 2012 we’ve found that the standards of health reporting have – largely – improved. Where there have been health scares these have been sensibly and even-handedly reported, ‘wonder cures’ seem to have hit the headlines far less often than we’ve … Continue reading

  

Bleurgh

27Dec

Well I don’t have cancer and the organs they removed from me were cancer free too which is the most fantastic news. So why do I feel a bit low and unhappy? Surgical menopause, that’s why. I had my ovaries … Continue reading

  

The participation of women in clinical trials

20Dec

Clinical trials are vital for advancing medical knowledge and furthering the fight of human conditions and diseases. With continuing evidence and research in women’s health and more discoveries around women’s health, it is fact that women are valuable to clinical … Continue reading

  

DISEASES OFFER A SPEC-TACULAR VIEW

16Dec

This week’s blog is dedicated to my Father who passed away in June of 2011 of cancer. I love and miss you daddy! My father, a former military man, had a wife and two daughters. He did not want any … Continue reading

  

40% only visit GP after nudge from a friend or relative

5Dec

More than a third (40 per cent) of people say talking to a friend or relative about a change to their body that was playing on their mind encouraged them to make an appointment with a GP, according to a … Continue reading

  

Chelsea Physic Garden

4Dec

In deepest Chelsea, London UK, there is a gem often overlooked by international visitors. In the picture DrB stands between the Psychiatry and Dermatology beds in Chelsea Physic Garden. Containing almost 5000 plant species from all over the world, the … Continue reading

  

Life is like a box of chocolates…

23Nov

Well life bowled me a googlie recently which has changed a few things around. I had to have a biopsy of my womb in mid-September due to the long term unopposed oestrogen I have been on and unfortunately I got … Continue reading

  

Vitiligo patients three times less likely to get skin cancer, study reveals

12Nov

People with vitiligo, one of the most common skin diseases, are three times less likely to develop skin cancer, new research due to be published in the British Journal of Dermatology will reveal. Vitiligo is a condition in which areas … Continue reading

  

Running is fun!!

12Nov

Well, we are one week into our half marathon training! So far we’ve done 3 x 1.2 mile runs – I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, but with 18 weeks of training ahead far better to start steadily … Continue reading

  

Online clinic on prostate disease NOW OPEN

9Nov

We are extremely excited that our NHS Choices online clinic on prostate disease, supported by the charity Movember and sponsored by ProstaBrit and TENA Men is now open for pre-clinic questions. Our medical experts will be on hand to answer … Continue reading

  

Movember and Sons London Launch

25Oct

On 17th October 2012, talkhealth attended the London launch of Movember 2012. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which … Continue reading

  

Cervical screening: little change in a decade with around one in five women still not screened within five years

18Oct

About one in five eligible women in England have not had cervical screening within the last five years – broadly the same as a decade ago – according to a Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) report. At 31 … Continue reading

  

HPV vaccination does not lead to an increase in sex

10Oct

There have been claims recently that the HPV (Human papillomavirus) vaccination increases sexual activity in adolescent girls as it effectively gives them a ‘green light’ to have sex because of a perceived protection against sexually transmitted infections. This study published … Continue reading

  

Pancreatic Cancer Action and the Royal College of GPs Develop Tool to Aid Earlier Diagnosis of Britain’s Fifth Deadliest Cancer

8Oct

National charity Pancreatic Cancer Action and the Royal College of GPs have joined forces to develop the world’s first e-learning tool to help GPs diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier. Pancreatic cancer is Britain’s fifth deadliest cancer with 22 people dying a … Continue reading

  

Could all the money in the world find a cure for cancer?

3Oct

I honestly think the short answer to that is no, but I would love to be proved wrong. Funding shortfall There are any number of high-profile cancer research campaigns, all begging and pleading for funding. The UK medical research funding … Continue reading

  

Cancer Warning for Women who like a Glass of Wine or Three

22Sep

They are the problem drinkers missed by government efforts to curb alcohol misuse – women, often middle-class and professional, who share a bottle of wine with a partner over dinner each night, putting their health at risk. Unnoticed because they … Continue reading

  

Your choice

10Sep

Sometimes, when things get a bit tough, it is easy to forget that we have a choice. We have a choice about where and how we die. With a diagnosis of terminal illness, we are given plenty of time to … Continue reading

  

LOSING IT…MY HAIR

26Aug

At this moment, while writing this blog post…I am doing something I don’t like to do: getting my hair done. I would rather sit in a dentist chair than spend the many many hours it takes to get my hairconstructed. … Continue reading

  

When your time is up

23Aug

I am writing this today, the day after Tony Nicklinson died. I don’t know his family, but I do understand how brave they are. To see your loved one suffer is so very hard to bear. We knew that Mom’s … Continue reading

  

AUTOIMMUNE OLYMPIADS

19Aug

Well, the Olympics are over. Thank God! Now I can get some sleep. I was so sleep deprived. I could have won a gold medal in crankiness. I am in awe when I see the super-human type feats executed by … Continue reading

  

Get your ducks in a row

6Aug

That’s what Mom always said. She was a wise woman, right to the end. And her clarity and comprehension of her situation helped us to help her. My wonderful husband was pro-active in getting Mom to decide where she wanted … Continue reading

  

CLEANING HOUSE

21Jul

Since I’ve written a blog post about poop, I feel as though I can talk to you guys about anything. We are all family, right? OK, so, I want to discuss with y’all a word that is even more vile … Continue reading

  

Eat 40% less and live 20 years longer

4Jul

Eat 40% less and live 20 years longer - just like mice!

Today I forgot my lunch. Typical rush in the morning and being hassled by my kids to get out of the house to start the 25 minute school run in the car. I had some errands to run today, so … Continue reading

  

Can you screen for skin cancer?

4Jul

Skin Cancer is the most frequent type of cancer in the UK, but of the 100,000+ cases only ten percent will be the most deadly kind – melanoma – and of those affected only around 2,000 will die.  If detected … Continue reading

  

Isn’t it time we changed the way we do bereavement?

3Jul

Bereavement doesn’t have to mean suffering. It can be a period of reflection, from which we, the survivors, draw comfort and strength to face the future without our loved ones. I have been close to my Dad this week as … Continue reading

  

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE

23Jun

This week’s blog is dedicated to those who suffer from one or more autoimmune diseases. I take my hat off to you! Having to endure the daily struggles of your respective invisible illness is truly a heroic feat, and in … Continue reading

  

J&J files for expanded use of prostate cancer drug Zytiga

19Jun

Johnson & Johnson has filed for approval of a new indication for its prostate cancer drug Zytiga in the US and EU, which could allow it to be used earlier on in the course of the disease. The company’s Janssen … Continue reading

  

Can General Practice handle the emotion of terminal illness?

18Jun

Reading a GP’s Twitterings made me realise that we have very different ideas about what patients should expect from GPs. GPs expect patients to fit into the numbers game (alcohol consumption, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol). Patients expect GPs to treat … Continue reading

  

Is sunburn a child protection issue?

14Jun

Tanning - a Child Protection Issue?

I recently noticed a news story, in The Huffington Post on 27th May, relating to a story which is receiving a lot of coverage in America this week about a mother who is facing second-degree child endangerment charges for allegedly allowing … Continue reading

  

Sometimes, death is a negative

29May

I enjoy reading grief blogs. They are often witty, inspirational and always personal. But some are written by cynical ‘grief specialists’, each with a unique process for dealing with grief. Now, this is OK for some, but for many of … Continue reading

  

Things my mother never taught me

25May

My mother was a fine woman. She was strong and jolly and independent. She was not a stay at home mom. She worked full time and I went to pre-school when I was just two years old. I loved it, … Continue reading

  

Risk of Malignant Melanoma linked to blood pressure study finds

18May

The main risk for both Malignant Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers is exposure to UV light, whether direct from the sun or from artificial sources such as sun-beds. However there may be other unexplored risk factors which may add to … Continue reading

  

Online Clinic on Skin Cancer and Sun Safety

16May

talkhealth in partnership with NHS Choices, Skcin and Factor 50 have today launched an Online Clinic on Skin Cancer and Sun Safety. Clinical experts including Dr Andrew Wright, Dr Jonathan Bowling Clinical Nurse Specialist Saskia Reeken and Speciality Nurse Deborah Mills … Continue reading

  

Dying Matters Awareness Week

14May

The support we had when Mom was dying was second to none. The group of people who rallied round and made sure that Mom’s wishes were met, were angels to her and to us. Mom found it difficult to accept … Continue reading

  

Be clear on cancer: what the NHS ads don’t say

9May

Let me first be clear – I whole-heartedly support the NHS lung cancer campaign to know the signs and go to your doctor if you have a persistent cough. But ours won’t be the first you’ve read, or the last, to say … Continue reading

  

Tea and sympathy

28Apr

I’m a great fan of the cup of tea. My favourite is Earl Grey made with tea leaves and beaming with bergamot. I don’t like it particularly strong. I take a little milk, but not sugar. I vividly remember my … Continue reading

  

Physiology of grief

26Apr

As the impact of my Mother’s death lessens, I can now put into perspective the way my body reacted to the grief at losing my Mother to cancer last year. Some have likened the grief process to accelerated ageing, with changes … Continue reading

  

CHARITY PLEDGES £0.7m FOR HUMANE MEDICAL RESEARCH Dr Hadwen Trust announces 2012 grant recipients

25Apr

The Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT) today announced grants totalling over £720k to fund innovative and humane research into bipolar disorder, cardiovascular disease, cystic fibrosis, motor-neuron disease, rabies and schizophrenia. The projects, which will be taking place at seven leading universities … Continue reading

  

Rosacea and my eyes

23Apr

Sorry its been a while since I have written on this blog- life has been very hectic and very stressful. With lots happening within my business and personal life my stress levels have been going through the roof and my … Continue reading

  

Mesothelioma in the UK and throughout Europe

18Apr

I received an email  from the Mesothelioma Center. Although based in the US, I agreed to host a guest post. Jensen Whitmer has written the post, which I hope will get more of us thinking about the risks our loved … Continue reading

  

A more gentle approach to grief

16Apr

Perhaps I was a bit harsh last week. I was feeling particularly vulnerable. It’s my birthday this week and I’m missing my Mom. My Dad has been leaning quite heavily on me and the emotional strain is getting a bit … Continue reading

  

Let’s talk about dying

4Apr

I have been looking at cancer blogs and forums and have noticed something quite disappointing. They are filled (quite rightly) with inspirational survivor stories and battle cries, but are lacking in discussions on death and dying. The two largest cancer … Continue reading

  

Jade Goody’s Legacy offers protection for boys.

26Mar

On the 22nd March 2012 it was three years since the tragic death of Jade Goody. The Big Brother reality TV star died of cervical cancer at the age of 27 on Mother’s Day 2009, leaving two young sons. Although … Continue reading

  

Sugar – Poison, Drug or both?

13Mar

 What is all the Fuss about Sugar! Its just Sugar right? Our World is infested with Sugar in many forms, in Soft Drinks, over Pills, in Medications, Sweets, Syrups, Sauces the list goes on… Have you ever hit the pause … Continue reading

  

Factor 50 Working In Partnership With Crawford Healthcare

12Mar

Skin Cancer support group, Factor 50, has today announced its new partnership with Crawford Healthcare Ltd.   The UK distributor of the Australian sun protection range, SunSense, will be supporting Factor 50 throughout 2012, providing samples of high factor sun … Continue reading

  

Top Australian sunscreen now available at Waitrose

9Mar

SunSense, the No 1 Australian sun protection brand, is now available at selected Waitrose stores and Ocado.  SunSense, which is also available at John Lewis stores and from Crawford Healthcare Ltd, provides high factor protection from the sun’s dangerous rays. … Continue reading

  

Yorkshire Cancer Research funds scientists for research into ovarian cancer

8Mar

Yorkshire Cancer Research has awarded scientists at the University of Leeds more than £41,000 for further research into the identification of drug resistant cells in ovarian cancer. One of the deadliest cancers in women, ovarian cancer is hard to detect … Continue reading

  

What’s The Fastest Growing Cancer In Women?

7Mar

One of the wonderful things about being a writer is people send you all sorts of snippets – without which I would never have heard of Dr Oz. Not as you might think a native Antipodean, his is actually from … Continue reading

  

International investigation into skin cancer survival to begin in Leeds

1Feb

A MAJOR international collaboration between scientists investigating the survival of melanoma skin cancer patients will begin at the University of Leeds later this year. Professor Julia Newton-Bishop from the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, part of the University of Leeds’ … Continue reading

  

Winter Sun Can Be Damaging

31Jan

Most people don’t need to think twice about liberally applying a sunscreen during the summer or when holidaying abroad, although when the bitterly cold long winter sets in, applying sunscreen is the last thing on many a mind. The thing … Continue reading

  

Britain’s Burning – 92% of visitors to skin cancer roadshow say they have been sunburnt

18Jan

Survey results released today from the Mole & Sun Advice Roadshow, organised by the British Association of Dermatologists and supported by La Roche-Posay, reveal that 92 per cent of those asked said they had experienced sunburn, and many had been … Continue reading

  

Alkaline – Stay Phit on the inside out.

18Jan

So we are now well into January 2012… Christmas, chocolates, fizzy drinks, cakes and desserts are no longer for many people as they head towards a new years promise of weight loss and being healthier. On the Subject of health … Continue reading

  

Skin Self Examination – why are they so important!

7Dec

Skin Self Examinations are so important with 200 new cases of skin cancer being diagonised in the UK every day. My family was one of them 4 years ago. Both my husband and myself have a number of moles, I’m very … Continue reading

  

Over 40% of Cancers through Lifestyle Choices try something new Today

7Dec

Today the BBC reported on Cancer UKs latest news that over 40% of cancers are through neglect of positive lifestyle choices, Smoking, Alcohol, Lack of Exercise and lack of Nutrition. Making simple lifestyle choices using the opportunities that day to day life presents us with, as in my previous … Continue reading

  

Skin cancer compensation soars in Australia

5Dec

The amount of compensation employers in Australia are paying out to workers in skin cancer claims has doubled in less than a decade. Workers are eligible for compensation for sun related injury or disease because employers have a duty of … Continue reading