the duchess of cambridge is pregnant…now leave her alone

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When we woke up this morning, we were all greeted with the news that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child. According to ABC News St James Palace made a statement saying:

“Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” the palace said in a statement today. “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry and members of both families are delighted with the news.” Read More

the ignored cancers

When I opened The Sun Herald to have my usual Sunday read, I found an article called “Denial worsens danger of cancer“. It said, in part:

Cancer survival rates have increased across NSW, a new report shows, but an attitude of denial about the symptoms is still causing many people to die unnecessarily.

The Cancer Institute NSW report, Cancer Survival in NSW 2002-06, to be released today, has found that patients diagnosed with cancer now have a 64.4 per cent chance of beating the disease over five years.

Just 30 years ago, cancer patients had less than a 50-50 chance of survival after five years.

Survival rates for men have shown a significant improvement – 63 per cent compared with 61 per cent in 1999-2003. The numbers for women, meanwhile, have remained steady at 66 per cent.

Survival rates over five years for some cancers are more than 90 per cent, including cancer of the testes, thyroid, lip and melanoma. Read More