Gynae cancers – spotting the signs and minimising the risks

Almost everyone knows someone someone affected by breast cancer. And thousands of us help raise funds for research by running or walking in honour of those we’ve lost.

But did you know that, in the UK alone, over 21,000 women are diagnosed with one of the five gynaecological cancers – womb, ovarian, cervical, vaginal and vulval – every year?

And sadly, 21 women lose their battle each day…

In the second hour of next week’s show, the Girls Around Town will be joined by guests Cherry Davis and Dr Suha Deen to talk about the importance of raising awareness of these cancers and how spotting the signs early can help save lives.

Cherry will be sharing her own story, from diagnosis through to recovery, while Dr Deen – a gynae cancer specialist based at Notttingham University Hospital – will be explaining why early diagnosis is vital and giving her perspective on some of the ways to minimise the risks.

Earlier in the show, there’ll be more wellbeing advice from Fiona who’ll be encouraging everyone to ‘slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen and slap on a hat’ this summer…

We’re all aware of the damaging effects of strong sun these days. But it seems we’re getting so good at avoiding the sun that vitamin D levels (made in our bodies when we’re exposed to sunlight) are much lower than in the past.

Did you know, for example, that an estimated 40 per cent of children now have vitamin D levels below the recommended amount?

Tune in or listen online from 10am next Sunday to hear Fiona talking about why you need to build up a good store of vitamin D over the summer and sharing her tips on how to do just that, without risking your skin.


Festival first aid and the gentle touch of CST

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The summer has become a byword for festivals here in the UK, with events from the Isle of Wight to Glastonbury in June.

And then there’s  our very own Newark Festival too, of course, which this year returns to Riverside Park from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 June.

With this in mind, Fiona will be on hand on Sunday to start the show with some natural first aid tips for bites, stings and other festival health hazards…

In the second hour, the Girls Around Town will be welcoming guest Alison Court, who has recently become a craniosacral therapist.

After running a massage practice for some years Alison discovered CST, a non-invasive gentle therapy which she realised would complement her massage work very well.

Embarking on a course of study at a very challenging time in her life, she passed with flying colours and has since opened a new clinic in the centre of Newark.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to hear more about Alison’s inspiring story and find out how craniosacral therapy may be able to help you.

Flower power


It’s all about flowers this Sunday, from the perils of pollen for hayfever sufferers to the positive healing powers of flower essences…

Although the weather may be pretty frightful right now, there’s no getting away from the fact that spring is here. And, beautiful as they may be to look at, the blossoms and bright yellow fields of rape it brings come at a price for many of us as we find ourselves facing days or weeks of sniffly misery!

If that sounds familiar, you’ll want to hear what Fiona has to say about the ways of reducing the impact of so much pollen in the air – as she will explain, there are lots of choices beyond antihistamines.

In the second hour of the show, the Girls Around Town will be joined by Wendy Jackson – like Fiona, she’s a homeopath but she’ll be sharing her expertise in another field of natural remedies: Australian Bush Flower Essences.

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon to find out about the role these gentle but powerful flower-based essences play in bringing about healing on a mental, emotional, spiritual and physical level.