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Ageing population one of the main causes of increase

'Biggest skin cancer rise in 1970s sun-worshippers'

People in their sixties and seventies are around five times more likely to be diagnosed with deadly skin cancer than their parents were 30 years ago, figures out today show.

'How Jade Goody helped me beat cancer'

As Jade Goody was dying a very public death a year ago, Elizabeth Heathcote received some bad news...

My Life In Travel: Bob Harris, DJ

'Nashville is my second home: I love the music scene'

MP calls for sunbed ban on under-18s

Teenagers are putting their health at risk by becoming sunbed addicts, MPs heard today as a bid was launched to ban under-18s from tanning salons.

Rise in number of people dying from alcohol

The number of people dying from alcohol is on the rise despite increasing awareness of the damage it can do, figures showed today.

Under-18s to be banned from using sunbeds

Government will support private member's Bill to bar children from tanning salons

Breakthrough offers hope to cancer sufferers

Scientists have discovered why a protein that suppresses the growth of the disease in some patients causes it to spread in others

Steve Connor: Biologists run ahead in research funding race

Science Notebook: Nuclear physicists are apoplectic about proposed cuts to research budgets

Observations: Rock around the Christmas tree

Next week, I am joining my children Rufus and Martha Wainwright on stage at the Royal Albert Hall for a Christmas concert, to raise money for cancer research. We've done two family Christmas shows at New York's Carnegie Hall but this is our first time in London.

Cancer patients denied life-extending drug

People with advanced liver cancer will be denied a new drug on the NHS under draft guidance published today.

Pandora: Burlesque dance troupe to hit Harman's house

Midway through your breakfast? Then look away now. Ben Westwood, photographer and ardent protector of all things erotic, is planning a new campaign.

Breast cancer: how to reduce your risk

It's the disease women fear most – and new discoveries about genetic causes only make us feel more helpless. Yet there are changes we can make to help prevent it, says Jane Feinmann

How our politeness could prove fatal

Cancer survival rates lag Europe because patients are too reticent, survey suggests
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'