TV's cervical cancer plot fuels smear test demand
Doctors and GPs are hoping that a cervical cancer storyline in popular UK soap Eastenders will encourage more women to have a smear test.
Actress Jo Joyner’s character Tanya Jessop has just been diagnosed with the disease and doctors are now hoping the response to the plot will be similar to when reality television star Jade Goody publicly battled cervical cancer.
Following Goody’s diagnosis in 2008 the world’s leading cancer charity Cancer Research UK saw 10 times the usual volume of visits to its website.
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Local cervical cancer screening units in the UK also reported a rise in the number of women visiting them for smear tests.
Eastender’ Executive Producer Brian Kirkwood commented: “Viewers will see how Tanya, a mother of three, will use her inner determination to deal with what will be one of the toughest challenges of her tests.”
He reminded women they should have smear tests every three years and added cervical cancer was “very treatable” if it was caught early through regular check-ups.
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Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”