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Women with cervical cancer who consented to a review of their smear histories will be informed next week if the slides show different findings than what they were initially told.

1,057 allowed their smear tests to be re-read as part of a review by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and will receive letters from the HSE and RCOG this week.

Advice will be offered in terms of what their options are in terms of receiving the results, and what supports will be available for them to use.

The women took part in CervicalCheck, the national screening programme, and developed cervical cancer. The RCOG process was commissioned over a year ago by Minister Simon Harris.

through the CervicalCheck audits, it was previously assumed that 221 were given incorrect results in the scandal but now the number is likely to have risen hugely.

The final number is unknown as of yet, and probably won't be made public until a report is published in October. 20 women from the scandal have apparently died, and the figure is expected to increase.

The group 221+ said it was “pleased to note that the long-awaited outcomes” of the RCOG review were “soon to be communicated”.

Women were receiving an advance information pack from which they could choose how to receive their report, and many have insisted that the HSE has learned a lot over the last year in how to communicate with cervical cancer patients and women seeking healthcare answers.

A dedicated HSE helpline is now available on Freefone 1800 832191 “to assist women select the option that best suits them”.

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A brand new campaign in England has been launched in order for beauty salons to encourage cervical cancer screenings.

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust released a worrying survey in January revealing that many young women are put off from having smear tests.

According to the charity, eight out of 10 women surveyed stated that they delayed or failed to attend a cervical cancer screening out of embarrassment.

Online beauty marketplace Treatwell has claimed that cervical screening attendance is at a 20-year low, but the number of women choosing to have intimate waxing treatments is on the rise,

To combat the declining amount of women having smear tests, Treatwell has teamed up with Public Health England (PHE) to launch the "Life Saving Wax" initiative.

Over 500 Treatwell partner salons across England will place posters and information about cervical screenings in their salons today.

Beauty therapists are also being supported in their goal to talk to customers about cervical screenings and provide advice on where they can discover the right information.

A study carried out by Treatwell of 1,006 women aged between 25 and 34 revealed that almost half (47 percent) of participants said that they feel comfortable speaking with beauty therapists about personal topics.

Three quarters of the people interviewed stated that they would listen to their beauty therapist's advice.

The director of Screening Programmes at PHE, Professor Anne Mackie, says that the organisation is "thrilled" to be partnering with Treatwell on the campaign.

"Two lives are lost every day to cervical cancer but this needn’t be the case. Cervical screening can stop cancer before it starts as the test identifies potentially harmful cells before they become cancerous and ensures women get the right treatment as soon as possible," Professor Mackie states.

"The decline in numbers getting screened, particularly those aged between 25 – 34, is a major concern as it means millions of women are missing out on a potentially life-saving test."

Beauty director at Treatwell, Liz Hambleton, explains that beauticians are "uniquely placed" to discuss personal topics with customers;

"We see thousands of women booking intimate waxes everyday through Treatwell, so when we heard that women aren’t attending a potentially life-saving test due to embarrassment, we wanted to see how we could change this," Hambleton states.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Just one conversation is all it could take to remind or encourage someone to go for their screening when invited."

Each year in England between 2016 to 2016, about 2,600 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than a quarter of those diagnosed died from the illness.

A study published in the British Journal of Cancer claims that if everyone who was invited for a smear test went to their appointment regularly, an incredible 83 percent of cervical cancer cases could be prevented.

However, more than one in four women who are invited for a smear test don't have the procedure, says Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.

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YouTuber Zoe Sugg has decided to film her smear test for her five million subscribers and 9.7 million Instagram followers to educate them on cervical cancer screenings.

The 29-year-old warms at the start of the 43-minute-long video that it features "raw conversation around cervical screenings and cervical cancer" and "a teeny bit of blood (not up close!)"

Zoella rose to fame on the video-sharing platform years ago and has since decided to make her intimate health examination public to encourage more women to book in smear tests.

Zoe explains her reasons in her car prior to the appointment for bringing cameras with her, saying that she had asked professionals;

"Is there anything I can do to help encourage more women to book in their smear tests or make people feel a little bit more at ease when they get their letter through the post?".

She decided to dash the uncertainty by filming the whole process and passing on her fans' questions to a nurse; "After ten years of vlogging, this is a moment! I've never done this before!"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Zoe first sits down with a nurse to discuss any concerns and questions from her subscribers, and the nurse urges anyone with worries to contact their GP and get more information.

She also explains how important it is to get the test done as young as possible, as it can detect cells which could later become cancerous.

Zoe then sits in the medical chair after changing into a gown, while the nurse talks viewers through the equipment she will be using. Zoe adds a timer to the screen to show how short the process is.

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The timer revealed that the test took only 48 seconds, and the vlogger didn't appear to be in any discomfort. There had been some blood due to the oestrogen in her contraceptive pill, the nurse mentions.

Zoella chats more to the nurse following the procedure and discovered that she had never found anyone to have cervical cancer in all her time of doing smear tests.

She did found evidence in the past of cells which needed removing as soon as possible before they became dangerous. The nurse also urges viewers to check their breasts for lumps.

Zoe was praised by fans for using her platform for a worthy cause, seeing as the procedure is incredibly important for women's health.

Smear tests check for any abnormalities in the cervix which could cause cervical cancer if left untreated, and are offered to women aged 25 and above by the state.

New data from the charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust found that those aged 25 to 35 are put off by the idea of a stranger examining them, and the latest figures show that cervical screening rates among all ages are at their lowest in 20 years.

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Have you ever gazed at the stars, and wondered if they could somehow have the knowledge of your eating habits and favourite meals? Us too.

Astrology is a powerful tool, so why not harness the magic of horoscopes to discover who we should be sharing our nosh with? Forget love and career, nutrition is core for a high-functioning lifestyle.

Food is life, food is love. Deliveroo have partnered with astrologer Kate Arbon to identify our zodiac food signs and traits, and the readings reveal more than just which type of ice-cream parallels with our cool personality 

 

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 Will the rest of this year bring us mountains of gold and every job promotion under the sun? Will we find love in a Spanish villa on a reality TV show? Will a mysterious puppy appear in our home?

These questions are sidetracked for now, as it's time to find out whether flame-grilled chicken wings or spicy red Indian curries are the most suitable for our fiery personas.

Irish-based astrologer Kate Arbon has us sorted with the answers we desperately need in our fridges- we mean..in our lives.

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Aries (March 20th – April 20th)

Impatient Aries wants food now, and wants it hot. Since Aries prefers food of a spicier variety, the fire sign seeks a dish that packs a punch, such as a fiery burrito from Boojum or a Chu Chee Curry from Camile Thai.

Aries sticks with fellow fire sign Sagittarius when it comes to dining together and enjoying the spices of life. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Taurus (April 20th – May 21st)

Steady Taurus savours every mouthful at their own pace. The earth sign enjoys food of all varieties – all that really matters is that it’s edible and plentiful.

Such dishes may include the bacon cheeseburger from Five Guys or a penne arrabbiata from Belucci. Of course, Taurus’ partner in crime is Cancer. The crime? A private food appreciation party, with no leftovers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Gemini (May 21st – June 21st) 

Social Gemini loves to talk and eat, and loses interest quickly so bite size variety is key – in fact. Dishes like sushi from Aoki Sushi or spring rolls from Mao at Home are likely to grab their attention.

A Gemini’s best dining partner is Virgo, as they can both enjoy their grazing habits whilst they’re busy talking – there won’t be a dull moment. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cancer (June 21st – July 23rd)

Food is life for this sign. Cancer enjoys nothing more than a quiet night in with comfort food and friends.

A hearty rotisserie chicken from Camden Rotisserie would hit the spot for this water sign, finished with a brownie and Nutella cronut from Krust.

There’s no better person to enjoy this level of comfort with than Capricorn – the perfect food match. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Leo (July 23rd – August 23rd)

Regal Leo expects to dine as a king would – a lover of all that is lavish, entertaining and expensive, budget permitting.

The majestic sign would enjoy a fine dish such as lobster from Klaw and wash this down with champagne from Baggot Street Wines. Of course every King needs a Queen – or some sort of regal equivalent, at the very least.

Leo’s best food appreciation will come from food-aholic Taurus.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Virgo (August 23rd – September 23rd)

The health-conscious, moderate and discerning Virgo chooses wisely when it comes to nutrition.

Find them enjoying a salad bowl from Blazing Salads and a tasty salted caramel protein ball from Vandal.

The intelligent water sign makes the finest food match with Aquarius, discussing the merits of health and future foods, whilst putting the world to right. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Libra (September 23rd – October 23rd)

There’s no better dining partner than air sign Libra – the choice will always be yours, as they can’t make a decision.

That said, Libras are all about presentation and balance, and particular favourites would include the chicken borek dish from Keshk or gelato macarons from Amorino.

Pisces shares Libra’s elegance, making for a meal of mystic muse.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Scorpio (October 23rd – November 22nd)

Never one to deny the indulgence of temptation, water sign Scorpio loves to delight their taste buds with succulent, rich and strong flavours.

Scorpios can be seen enjoying dishes like the mega special burger from Tasty Hut, or tasting a sensual Belgian Chocolate Slice from The Cake Café.

Only with Cancer can Scorpio enjoy the company of someone who takes food as seriously as themselves. A culinary combination of indulgence and sensuality.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sagittarius (November 22nd – December 22nd)

This fire sign isn’t often seen eating traditional Irish meals. No, Sagittarius has a flare for all things exotic and ethnic.

This may be a dish such as zaaluck from Morroco Gate or kimchi fried rice from Hailan Korean Restaurant.

Teaming up with curious Gemini is the best foodie fit for adventurous Sagittarius when it comes to strong flavours from lands far away.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Capricorn (December 22nd – January 20th)

Practical Capricorn prefers to opt for the old reliable, tried and tested approach.

While Capricorn could venture into new tastes, it prefers to go back to basics with a B.L.T. from Amicus or a good old fish and chips from The Fryery.

Putting their thrifty heads together, Capricorn and Taurus can come up with a sumptuous evening feast, while still having plenty of leftovers to share in the morning. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Aquarius (January 20th – February 18th)

This sign always has a keen eye on the latest trends, and is the first person to be ahead of health trends. If it’s vegetarian or vegan, then great.

You’ll find Aquarius enjoying vegan porridge from Sprout and Co or munching on falafel bites with hummus tahini from Umi Falafel.

For an intense and enlightening experience, quirky Aquarius should share dinner tables with fellow food extremist, Scorpio. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pisces (February 18th – March 20th)

Romantic and refined, Pisces isn’t too concerned about what the food is as long as it creates a dream meal environment of pleasantry.

With this in mind, Pisces typically enjoys dishes like duck ramen from Slammin Ramen, or talking about the stars in the company of a warm and homely macchiato from Cocobrew Café.

Easygoing Pisces would dine well with earth sign Taurus who is happy to dine, unwind and just enjoy life. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Joe Groves of Deliveroo spoke about the experience of partnering with an astrologer,

“It’s fascinating to see how our food preferences vary based on our horoscope, and working with Kate on this has been an enlightening experience."

He added; “Mercury may be in retrograde, but Deliveroo is not, and we will always endeavour to cater for every food preference, regardless of your zodiac sign.”

Amen to that. Now give us the goods before Leo season ends.

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Codilia Gapare, a breast cancer survivor, has revolutionised the beauty industry by creating the first ever false lashes range for chemotherapy patients.

The mother-of-two was diagnosed with cancer in the UK in 2014 on the same day that she underwent an interview with the Manchester Metropolitan University.

While she was offered her dream place, she eventually had to drop out to focus on her chemotherapy treatment after struggling to balance her studies. She chose to use her spare time to create something truly special.

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She initially had tried to ignore the diagnosis, but later had to face the illness head on after losing all of her hair.

"The mental battle caused me to become drained. I had two kids, I was a single mum, working two jobs. And that was my reality. I was so upset with myself for being sick. I was supposed to be realising my dream but instead, I felt like a failure," she explained.

Through this intensely difficult time in her life, she realised that there were no fake eyelash options for cancer patients.

She transformed her idea into an actual product, 'C Lashes', and partnered with beauty brand Eylure. The company have since released the range in Boots stores, making the cosmetic industry more accessible for women with cancer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In an interview with metro.co.uk, she describes how the lashes are designed with a larger, more flexible adhesive band and a bigger surface area to help them stick to the eyelid, and this makes the whole process far easier for women with little-to-no eyelashes.

Colidia wanted to make something that would help cancer patients feel like themselves again, and recalled how hard it was for her to lose her hair;

"Being black, we always play with our hair. Losing my hair was a big deal. No one talks about how much hair you lose though. I lost my eyelashes, eyebrows, pubes, underarm hair."

Colidia came from Zimbabwe to the UK when she was 26-years-old to pursue her ultimate dream of becoming a lawyer, so a full-time business model wasn't exactly planned. Especially after spending years working and studying to apply for university.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 41-year-old Cheshire resident chose to drive three hours away to her law degree interview after being given her cancer diagnosis, and she NAILED it. What a woman.

She found a lump in her breast in July 2014, and confirmed the illness just a month later. "Mostly, I was in denial," she told Metro.co.uk.

"I really convinced myself I wasn’t ill, I was totally unprepared. I didn’t even tell anyone I was going to my interview but I didn’t even think about cancelling it. ‘For me going ahead with the interview was going ahead with my life."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued; "But I wasn’t prepared to lose my lashes."

"When my lashes started to thin out, I bought fake ones, but I struggled because it took off all the remaining hair. I didn’t do it for attention, I just wanted to feel like myself. I just wanted to be me again."

Codilia's life has gone up and up since then; she was offered a scholarship through support network Women in Business to study a masters in Business Admin at the same university.

H​​​aving received the all-clear from the disease at her latest check-up, Codilia is now in the final year of her studies in Manchester. What an UNREAL gal.

The lashes come in three different styles including 'Naturals', 'Lengthening', and 'Volume', and can be bought on boots.ie for just €7.49 now.

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Jael Strauss who was a contestant in season eight of America's Next Top Model has sadly passed away.

The 34-year-old model lost her battle to breast cancer, only two months after she was initially diagnosed. 

The model gained her wings in a hospice on Tuesday around 11 am.

Her health had begun to rapidly deteriorate on Monday, according to TMZ.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jael had informed fans that she had decided to stop chemotherapy in October. 

Heartbreakingly she said her cancer was "incurable" at stage four.

“I was gonna write some long thing but some of you guys deserve to know, On October 2nd I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer,” she wrote on Facebook.

“It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable.”

“With treatment, it may prolong my life longer than the ‘few months’ doctors said I could make it. I don’t want to die. I need another one of those miracles that I got back in 2013,” she finished. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The model also penned her feelings about her first night in the hospice: “So many things I never knew about life. Or death. So many things.”

In a statement to TMZ, her family said that: “The one blessing was that we were able to show her how loved she was before she passed.” 

“She brought so much light to people,” they added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Before her untimely passing, Jael detailed that she was focused on rebuilding her life after being sober for five years. 

The model struggled with an addition to crystal meth but bravely overcame it.  

Tributes have been pouring in all over social media. 

Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly difficult time. 

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You may remember the most adorable child on the planet who got to save the world for a day, otherwise known as Batkid.

Back in 2013, the Make a Wish Foundation shut down and transformed the streets of San Francisco for 24 hours in order to allow five-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott to achieve his dream.

It's safe to say he won the entire world's heart. Anyone who had the privilege of watching him race through Gotham and defeat villains like the Joker and the Penguin as well as rescue citizens witnessed pure joy.

Unsurprisingly, Batkid became a sensation as the mini-superhero, everyone fell in love with the youngster as well as sending him prayers and well wishes for his brave battle with cancer.

It was MAJOR news at the time, even Barack Obama adorably chimed in to thank Miles for his services to the city:

As if this story wasn't heartwarming enough, it has now emotional been revealed that Miles is CANCER FREE. We're not crying, you're crying…

The youngster is now officially in remission, we wonder if his superpowers had anything to do with it?

His story was even mde into a 2015 documentary entitled Batkid Begins, which tells the inspirational story of the little boy as well as how the whole event was organised by Make a Wish Foundation and the San Francisco mayor at the time, Ed Lee.

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The charity has said that Miles has returned to normality (in disguise): 

"Since his crime fighting day five years ago, Miles has returned to being a typical kid – playing little league, going to school, helping his family farm, and even selling his first market goat in the local fair! Now 10 years old and in fifth grade, Miles loves science and robotics."

Batkid, who is now ten-years-old, featured on the San Francisco Bay Area Make a Wish Foundation Twitter account as a success story, for beating his illness:

We are so delighted for Miles and his family, he is truly an uplifting superhero who inspires us all.

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Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross – or Bree Van De Kamp to fans – has revealed she is "happy and healthy"  after taking to social media to reveal she had been battling anal cancer.

Actually, what spurned her to reveal more details to fans was after she recently shared a post on Instagram lamenting the loss of her hair after going through chemotherapy. The actress hadn't spoken of her cancer diagnosis before, so naturally, fans were concerned.   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“So grateful and happy to be alive but sad that my hair fell out and is about 1 inch long now and looks cra cra,” wrote Cross. “Anyone else have #hairloss due to #cancer? Talk to me. I feel you.”

In the snap, we see Cross looking beautiful (her skin is incredible) and sad as we get a glimpse of her colouring her hair, lamenting how it used to be prior to her cancer diagnosis.

After followers responded in droves, she posted a second photo, reassuring everyone that she was happily, cancer-free despite her hard journey.

“I am so sorry my post wasn’t clear,” she wrote, in response to a flurry of worried messages. “I am POST cancer. All good now. Hard journey, but I am HEALTHY, happy, and more present and grateful than ever. Thank you from the bottom of my ever expanding heart for all of your LOVE.”  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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However, it was her third message that left many feeling inspired as she explained how liberated and overwhelmed she felt at the outpouring of love and support.

“After posting a picture of myself here and uttering the words #cancer and #hairloss, I felt liberated, deliriously free and completely me,” she said.

In exposing her concerns, her fears, she said it gave her the powerful boost she needed to keep moving forward, living and being happy. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"How or why this simple act gave me such a powerful lift I did not question, but I thanked God or whatever gave me the internal push to move forward and expose myself.”

Cross continued: “I certainly wasn’t expecting the response of love and kindness that flowed to me,” she said.

“I am ecstatically alive."

After revealing that she had anal cancer (with a bit of humour thrown in!), fellow survivors chimed in to offer support and encouragement. 

“Anal cancer survivor here! Difficult one to talk about, glad you are feeling better," wrote one.

“You look gorgeous! And if I didn’t lose hair to chemo, I would NEVER had nerve to try a Mohawk which is now my hairstyle! I used to have beautiful long red hair too, but ahh well, life changes. I’m so glad you’re sharing your story openly… here’s to #survivors,” said another.

We're glad the actress is on the mend and commend her for her moving words.

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Former EastEnders star Danniella Westbrook has announced that she is battling womb cancer.

She took to Twitter to thank everyone for their well wishes and support.

The actor and reality TV star revealed that she will undergo a hysterectomy and that on hearing the bad news, she immediately thought of her late friend Jade Goody, who passed away in 2009 from cervical cancer.

The 44-year-old said, “I’ve always said I am not scared of dying. But when the doctor said, ‘You have cancer’, straight away my thoughts turned to Jade and that I don’t want to die. I know I need to fight.”

Danniella's mum was diagnosed with womb cancer  30 years ago, but she beat the disease after undergoing treatment on the NHS. 

She said, “they are taking me in in three weeks for a full hysterectomy. Before they take it out they won’t know to what extent the cancer has grown.”

Danniella went on to explain that the cancer was found by a doctor in Spain, where she lives, after a few weeks of heavy bleeding. 

The diagnosis was confirmed  by a doctor in Essex when she returned to the UK.

Our thoughts are with the mother-of-two as she battles this illness. 

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Olivia Newton-John has delivered the sad news that she is taking on cancer for the third time.

The most recent diagnosis came last year and she cancelled a tour to avail of treatment.

Speaking to Australia’s Channel Seven she said doctors found cancer at the bottom of her spine in 2017.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actress is staying positive about winning her fight against the disease, and her husband, John Easterling, has been her rock through all the difficult times.

“My husband’s always there, and he’s always there to support me, and I believe I will win over it and that’s my goal,” she said.

The 69-year-old said she is using a combination of modern medicine with natural remedies to treat the cancer.

The star has cut out sugar entirely from her diet and uses marijuana for pain management.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Grease star's first experience with the cancer was in 1992.

She overcame breast cancer, but during the television interview, Olivia opened up about her second battle with breast cancer in 2013, that she choose to keep out of the public domain.

Explaining why she decided to keep her second battle private up until now, the actress said: I thought ‘It’s my life’ and I just decided to keep it to myself.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Doctors discover the breast cancer was back after a minor car crash.

They found a lump on Olivia's shoulder, which they thought could have been strain from her seatbelt.

However, on further assessment, they confirmed the cancer had returned. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Since first beating breast cancer in 1992, Newton-John has been an advocate for breast checks in Australia.

She even has a cancer facility named after her: the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness Research Center, in Melbourne. 

Wishing Olivia a speedy recovery – go kick some cancer butt, gal! 

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Shauntelle Tynan from Co. Carlow was diagnosed with multi-system Langheran cell histiocytosis, a rare cancer, in 2015.

The then 18-year-old's only hope was experimental treatment at a children's hospital in Texas, which would cost €500,000. 

In a bid to raise the much-needed funds, Shauntelle made a heart-wrenching video, which subsequently went viral. 

Incredibly, €750K was raised for the young woman's treatment.

Now, two years later, Shauntelle has been declared cancer free, and is technically NAD (No Active Disease).

"We are so lost for words right now but wanted you all to know that my journey of active cancer has come to a close and we hope it remains that way!" Shan wrote on Facebook.

"The future obstacles I will face will be worth everything I've been through. Now I truly have a chance at life and will keep you all updated to how I grow in the future. Next stop is ringing that bell I've watched so many kids ring when they got to cancer free, something we never thought I'd do!

"I'm sure you're all going to hear it from Ireland, I'll keep you all updated over the next few weeks with everything going on, but for now, I will finish this post here and also include a short video below of this long journey."

Shan will have to travel back to Texas every 3-6 months initially, and then yearly for the rest of her life. She will also remain on oral chemo as maintenace for the next 12-18 months, with care secured for her here in Ireland.

The young woman will arrive back in Ireland on October 18th. 

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Jamie Dornan has opened up about losing his mum Lorna to pancreatic cancer. The actor was a mere 16-years-old when his mum passed away.

He got honest about the impact it had on him in an interview with Press Association.

The Fall star was only 14-years-old when his mum was diagnosed with cancer. “I look back on that time and see it in a very blurry way. I was very young. Every kid at that age is naive. I felt like I was particularly young and naive at that time.”

 

His mum’s untimely death caused Jamie to grow up very quickly.

The actor admitted that the pain of losing a parent never leaves you. “It has an ever evolving effect on me, that loss, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”

The 36-year-old continued: “I feel like every single day it has an effect on me in ways which I am aware of and some ways I think I am not aware of.”

Jamie isn’t alone in his grief. He is aware of the millions of families who lose loved ones to cancer across the globe.

“Lots of people have lost people that are very dear to them at a young age. That’s the sad thing about this illness particularly, it seems to get people young, who often have very young families,” he said.

Jamie gushed about his mum and said she would have been thrilled with his success. The actor believes she would have loved the glamour of his career.

He added: “Hopefully there is some world where she has an awareness of it.”

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