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Cancer and the Cost of Travel Insurance

In its own words the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is “the conduct regulator for 56,000 financial services firms and financial markets in the UK and the prudential regulator for over 18,000 of those firms”.

On 21st July this year the FCA issued a “Call for Input” paper requesting views on “the challenges firms face in providing travel insurance for consumers who have, or have had cancer, together with the rationale for pricing differentiations in quoted premiums.” The FCA are asking for input, by 15th September, note the date, from both the industry providers (i.e. insurance companies and their big-hitting lobbyist organisations) and from consumers (i.e. cancer patients and their support organisations). The industry employs the likes of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the British Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA) to represent them. Consumers have only themselves, support organisations and charities such as Macmillan to put the case for cancer patients.

With all this in mind click on the above FCA logo or click  here to see the contents of the “Call for Input: Access to Insurance” paper.

Sometimes the document feels a little like a “template” built to serve any number of issues involving any financial institution or industry for which the FCA has a regulatory responsibility; the “consumer” could be any individual or group for which fairness and transparency of access to financial products is the major concern.  

However, there is specific mention of organisations (besides Macmillan) that seem to have long recognised that all is far from well (being neither fair nor transparent) in the travel insurance business world and in their treatment of people coping with cancer and other long-term health conditions. Mention is made of Bought By Many, a campaigning organisation which seeks to multiply the power of the individual by forming collective groups of insurance consumers. The other is Travel Insurance Facilities Group an organisation which aims to provide more customised travel insurance proposals than do those companies that rely exclusively on the use of on-line automated logarithm techniques, which make little allowance for the circumstance of the individual.

Salmonella can help fight cancer, scientists discover …

Salmonella, the common food poisoning bug, can help fight cancer, according to scientists.
The bacteria can infiltrate tumours and allow the body’s immune system to target cancer cells.
To read more about this fascinating research being conducted in South Korea, just click on the image shown on the left.

Closer to home, scientists at Swansea University School of Medicine have also reported successful treatment of tumours using a modified strain of Salmonella.
An indication of the merit of this work is that Cancer Research UK is helping support it with a grant of £200,000. Click on the image to the right to learn more.

There is more information out there concerning this developing line of research, for instance you could also follow this link from the United States. It would be wrong to suggest that a cancer panacea has been found or that chemotherapy will become obsolete in the near future; but it is good to know that there are so many research organisations are working along such similar lines.


Ever wondered what Cancer Research UK Science Labs do?

… or What Relay For Life is about?





Relay For Life Eastbourne 2017 is hosting an event to celebrate the launch of their 2017 event.
In the first two years, Eastbourne Relay (Licensed by Cancer Research UK) has raised over £70,000 and is hoping to achieve £100,000 by the end of this year.  There will be a chance for people to take a virtual tour of one of their science labs with an audio tutorial. You will need to book for the tour as numbers will be limited due to time constraints.
The event is to be held at the Saffrons Sports Club Compton Place Road
Eastbourne BN21 1EA
at 7.00 p.m. on Thursday 23 February 2017.  There will also be a quiz (£4 suggested donation), to include a light supper, and an explanation of where the money is spent in Sussex.
Louise Wardle Local Fundraising Manager at Cancer Research UK, said “Relay For Life Eastbourne is calling on teams to register now and lead their teams to fundraising success. Entry this year is free, and it is a fantastic way to work together with friends, colleagues, or families to help stamp out this disease.
Cancer Research UK is reliant on the generosity of volunteers such as the Relay For Life Eastbourne Committee and its registered teams and sponsors to be able to fund our life-saving research into over 200 types of cancer, and I’d like to thank everyone involved for supporting this inspirational family event”.
Janet Geering the volunteer Event Chair said “we welcome our returning teams this year, and also hope that many more teams will enter”. Relay For Life is the largest fundraiser for cancer research in the world, and CRUK’s collaborative working with other countries brings us one step further in fighting this disease.  There have been some encouraging break throughs in treatment.  Eastbourne Relay is proud to play a part of this.  If you have been effected by Cancer in anyway, and want to do something to create more survivors, please come along for a chat.  Janet can be contacted on 07983 672332.

To find out more visit CRUK.ORG/RELAY or

BBC Inside Health

Inside health logo2The BBC has an excellent weekly broadcast called “Inside Health” in which Dr. Mark Porter discusses a wide variety of health related issues, many of which contain information on how patients can look after themselves better. The episode of 12th January 2016 will be of special interest to cancer patients who are undergoing or have recently completed treatment, since it links better outcomes with physical activity. To listen to a short, edited, clip from this episode just operate the controls below:-


If you would like to listen to the entire episode, which includes the general benefits of healthy exercise, or indeed any other episodes in the series click on this link:-

Share Your Experience – help us learn what happens once treatment ends

You CountryHere is a message from Jane Viner, Macmillan Involvement Coordinator (Kent, Surrey and Sussex)

NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (B&H CCG) are responsible for commissioning health services for people in our city and we are working with Macmillan to learn more about cancer care after treatment.

How are we doing this?

a) Face to Face – Our Peer Researchers, who are made up of local people who have been affected by cancer themselves, will be holding conversations with people who have had cancer/ live with cancer, and received care locally in the last 5 years. Conversations will take about an hour and can be held at place local to you e.g. your local coffee shop, library, support group.

b) On Line – If you are directly affected or know someone who is affected by cancer, please fill out the survey by following this link to SurveyMonkey

c) By Post – Ask Jo to send you a paper copy of the above survey and a free post envelope Email: Tel: 01273 574646

What will happen with the information that I give?

All information from you will remain anonymous and your name will not be included in the report.
The information we gather will be analysed by B&H CCG to produce a report, and we will follow up with the findings at a workshop on next steps in Late January or early February 2015.

Jo Rochester
NHS B&H CCG, Level 4, Trafalgar Place, Brighton, BN1 4FU
or call: 01273 574646


Share Your Story of Early Detection – To Encourage Others To Look After Themselves

This is a message from Jane Viner, Macmillan Involvement Coordinator (Kent, Surrey and Sussex)

Not Alone headerWould you or a member of your group be happy to share your story of early detection and have it (and a photo) published in a booklet that will be distributed in Brighton and Hove?

Albion in the Community Health Co-ordinator – Sue Brown has been in contact with me to ask if you may be able to help.

Sue is working with local NHS commissioners to design a Cancer Information Booklet for residents in Brighton and Hove to encourage people to look after themselves, be aware to take up cancer screening.

If you or a member of your group are interested in taking part please contact:

logoSue Brown, Health Co-ordinator
Albion in the Community
Tel: 07880 195 516



Processed and Red Meat: Know the Facts …

enews_meat Learn the facts by reading this

Red and processed meat have been in the headlines recently following the World Health Organisation’s decision to classify processed meat as a cause of cancer, and red meat as a probable cause. But what does this mean? And what can we do to reduce the risk? We explore the science behind the headlines.

Find out more