A mother has revealed how doctors diagnosed her with cancer and told her she had a 50/50 chance of living before discovering she actually had just a skin condition. Leanne Cockayne, 40, developed health problems following the birth of her first child, which led her to being told she had a rare form of leukemia. She then underwent intensive treatment, which caused her to spend lengthy periods in isolation, time in intensive care and fears over her future fertility. But nine months after her diagnosis and gruelling chemotherapy she was told she did not have cancer at all but a rare skin condition called Sweet's syndrome. Leanne, from Tiverton in Devon, said: 'I'd had increasingly disabling arthritis and painful lesions on my hands, long term low grade fever and significant weight loss. Leanne Cockayne (pictured) underwent intensive treatment for a rare form of leukemia only to be told nine months later that her diagnosis was wrong 'I was referred to dermatology by rheumatology … [Read more...] about Mother’s skin condition wrongly diagnosed as cancer by doctors
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“It starts when children are young. The moment a child is born, relatives start comparing siblings’ skin colour. It starts in your own family. But people don’t want to talk about it openly.” Kavitha Emmanuel is the founder of Women of Worth, an Indian NGO that is standing up to an ingrained bias toward lighter skin. The Dark is Beautiful campaign, launched in 2009, is not “anti-white,” she explains, but about inclusivity – beauty beyond colour. It carries celebrity endorsement, most notably the Bollywood actor Nandita Das. A blog provides a forum for people to share their personal stories of skin colour bias. And the campaign runs media literacy workshops and advocacy programmes in schools to convey messages of self-esteem and self-worth to young children. This is to counteract what Emmanuel says she has seen even in school textbooks, where a picture of a fair-skinned girl is labelled “beautiful” and a darker one “ugly”. … [Read more...] about How our obsession with whiter skin became dangerous
Many women rely on SPF moisturisers to keep their skin hydrated, reduce their risk of cancer and keep them looking young. But a study suggests these lotions may fail to protect us against skin cancer. Researchers from the UK suggest 16.6 per cent of the face is missed when we apply creams with added SPF. This is compared to just 11.1 per cent of the face being missed when using conventional sunscreen. A difference in the consistency of the cream or packaging between the products may be to blame, the scientists said. They worry many of us may be overindulging in the sun without realising vulnerable areas of our face are unprotected. The left image shows one of the study's participants after she applied sunscreen, was exposed to ultra-violet radiation and photographed with a UV-sensitive camera. The darker areas are those that are better protected. The same participant is seen right after applying a moisturiser with the same SPF added to its formula The research was carried … [Read more...] about SPF moisturisers do not protect against cancer as well as sunscreen
Story highlights Immunotherapy is quickly emerging as the future of cancer treatment, scientists say The therapy works by harnessing the immune system to fight cancer from within (CNN)There was another big win in the advancement of immunotherapy treatments for cancer this week. The Food and Drug Administration approved an immunotherapy drug called Keytruda, which stimulates the body's immune system, for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer. In other words, the drug could be the very first treatment a patient receives for the disease, instead of chemotherapy. Keytruda is the only immunotherapy drug approved for first-line treatment for these patients. So it seems, the future of cancer care may be in our own immune systems, but how exactly does it work, and what are its pros and cons? JUST WATCHED What is cancer immunotherapy? Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH What is cancer immunotherapy? 04:39 "It's certainly … [Read more...] about Can your own immune system kill cancer?
Story highlights Immunotherapy opens a new era in cancer care, but some debate whether it detracts from other research "We are at the end of the beginning for cancer immunotherapy," one expert says (CNN)Immunotherapy treatments for cancer are having a moment. Some hospitals and health care systems call it a "miracle in the making" and a "game-changer." It's a treatment approach that harnesses the body's own immune system to target and attack a disease, such as cancer. Immunotherapy can come in many forms -- vaccines, antibody or cellular therapies, or drugs -- and can be received through an injection, a pill or capsule, a topical ointment or cream, or a catheter. Ninety-two-year-old former President Jimmy Carter famously received a form of immunotherapy two years ago that he called "the key to success" in his melanoma fight. He had the treatment along with surgery and radiation. Yet as promising as the therapy seems, could the spotlight on immunotherapies detract from other … [Read more...] about Hope and hype around cancer immunotherapy