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Saturday 10 December 2016

Editorial: War against cancer is unrelenting

Those living with cancer or caring for a loved one are often bombarded with misinformation from well-meaning family and friends because like other diseases with no known cure
Those living with cancer or caring for a loved one are often bombarded with misinformation from well-meaning family and friends because like other diseases with no known cure

Cancer has affected nearly every family in Ireland at some point.

Researchers and doctors have made enormous strides in recent years in coming up with new treatments which have resulted in much better outcomes for large numbers of patients.

The nursing, medical, and caring professions do invaluable work in helping patients and their families to meet the challenges posed by this disease.

Today is the beginning of Cancer Week Ireland 2015, when there will be an enhanced awareness of the innovative steps being taken to overcome it across a wide spectrum of disciplines.

The Irish Cancer Society must be commended for helping to fund research and for leading the way in the fight against this disease.

Their efforts have resulted in countless people claiming a new lease of life as the numbers conquering cancer continues to grow.

 

The dangers of aerosols

BRAVE Jessica Woods’ life has been changed forever with the flick of a lighter.

The 15-year-old still bears the scars of the gas blast explosion from over a year ago – and faces even more surgeries ahead.

The teenager and her three friends were injured in the tragic accident simply because they were trying to get “a buzz”.

When Jessica went to light a cigarette, the fumes caused a massive explosion at the family home.

Jessica’s mother told us that she still has to wear her mask 24/7, has reduced hearing and has been limited in the movements of her hands.

It’s a shocking warning to teenagers who consider playing with aerosol cans.

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