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Celebrity 'no make-up selfies' raise cash -- for wrong charity

A social media craze involving women around the world posting selfies while wearing no make-up has raised millions of pounds for a British cancer charity -- despite some money accidentally going to the United Nations children's fund. Several celebrities including R&B superstars Beyonce and Rihanna and British model Cara Delevingne joined the grassroots #nomakeupselfie movement on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

American Cancer Society, Hollywood group Stand Up To Cancer announce collaboration

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Two anti-cancer heavyweights, the American Cancer Society and Stand Up to Cancer, are joining forces in the battle against the disease that kills more than half a million people in the U.S. every year. The partnership, which was to be announced Tuesday night at a gala for both groups' supporters, involves initial pledges of $10 million from each organization. The money is to be used to create a "dream team" of lung cancer researchers. In targeting lung cancer for their first effort, the groups are going after the deadliest form of cancer in the U.S.

Billionaire Ludwig's estate donates $540 million for U.S. cancer research

By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - The estate of the late American shipping magnate Daniel Ludwig on Monday donated a total of $540 million to six elite U.S. cancer research facilities, making one of the largest one-time gifts dedicated to combating the disease.

Komen cancer group sees big drop in contributions, ties fall to Planned Parenthood dispute

DALLAS - Susan G. Komen for the Cure saw a 22 per cent drop in contributions in the year following the controversy over its decision, quickly reversed, to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings. Citing audited financial statements posted on its website this week, a spokeswoman for the Dallas-based breast cancer charity said contributions — including donations and corporate sponsorships — dropped from about $164 million from the fiscal year ending in March 2012 to $128 million in the year ending March 2013.

Charity sporting events offer incentives to get fit

By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Along with the usual reasons for losing weight, like fitting into a bikini and improving health, fitness experts say raising money for a good cause is another incentive for people to get in shape. Entering a charity run in memory of a loved one or a bicycle ride for a worthy cause has pushed many couch potatoes from their sedentary lifestyle on to the path of fitness.

Broccoli not burgers: Cancer patients favor healthier foods

BOSTON (Reuters) - Hold the beer, burgers and French fries. Bring on the water, farm-fresh produce, chicken, pasta and hearty soups. That's the advice to care givers from a consortium of nutritional researchers following a two-year survey of what U.S. cancer patients prefer to eat and drink. The study released on Tuesday by the Cancer Nutrition Consortium aims to improve the lives of cancer patients by helping them get the meals they want while combating the weight loss and fatigue that often comes with aggressive treatment.

Oncologists call for industry-led global fund to fight cancer

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The world faces a rapidly growing burden of cancer which will overwhelm governments unless the medical and pharma industry takes the lead on a multi-billion dollar private-public fund, oncologists said on Monday. In a report on how rates of cancer diagnosis and death are rising across the world while access to diagnosis and treatment is extremely patchy, experts described the economics of the problem as daunting and current financing models as broken.

Looking for lessons in cancer's 'miracle' responders

By Ransdell Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly every oncologist can tell the story of cancer patients who beat the odds, responding so well to treatment that they continued to live many years disease-free, while most of their peers worsened and eventually died. Dr. David Solit decided to find out why.

U.S. cancer-care delivery is 'in crisis': report

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cancer treatment has grown so complex, many U.S. doctors can't keep up with new information and are offering incorrect treatment, failing to explain options and leaving patients to coordinate their own care, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences.

Indian cancer patients find uncertain shelter on street

With just a patchwork of colourful plastic sheets to shield patients from the heavy monsoon rains, a Mumbai street acts as an unofficial ward to one of India's top cancer treatment centres. Every year, the Tata Memorial Hospital draws tens of thousands of cancer sufferers thanks to its heavily subsidised medical care. But the city's steep hotel and rental prices force scores to sleep on nearby pavements. "There's rats, mosquitoes and dirt," said farmer Suresh Patidar, who stays with his wife Leela, 55, as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer.
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