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New award shines spotlight on people in the cancer community

A NEW award ceremony celebrating remarkable people doing incredible things in the cancer community has launched.

The first of its kind, the Spotlight Awards will shine a light on the achievements of truly remarkable people, products, and services in the cancer community. Nominated by the public, the winners will be from all walks of life, of all ages, and from all over the world.

The honourable aware ceremony has been organised by Live Better With, an award-winning online platform where cancer patients and their loved ones can find products and information to help with the symptoms and side effects of living with cancer. Live Better With was founded by London entrepreneur Tamara Rajah two years ago.

Masterchef 2016 winner Jane Devonshire will help judge the inaugural awards.

After being crowned Masterchef champ, Jane revealed – to the programme makers, as well as the judges and public – that she has suffered from breast cancer, which later recurred in her liver. Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer in early January 2007 and has been in remission for the last three years.

On becoming a Spotlight Award judge, Jane said: “I'm so excited to be part of the judging panel for the inaugural Spotlight Awards. The awards will be a great way to shine a light on people, products and services that make a difference within the cancer community. I look forward to reading all the nominations!”

The other judges include inspirational speaker Sophie Sabbage, consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon and breast cancer survivor Liz O'Riordan and healthcare expert and author Dr Jimmy Kwok (also known as Dr Yoga).

Around 50,000 people are being diagnosed with cancer every single day. Statistics show that one in four men of African Caribbean heritage will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and that one in 12 will die from it – double the risk faced by white men in the UK. Black women are also almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with advanced breast cancer compared to white women.

According to Cancer Research UK and Public Health England, the late stage disease is found in about 25 percent of black African and 22 percent of black Caribbean breast cancer patients.

The categories are:

Remarkable Person

They'll be selecting five Remarkable Person winners. You can nominate anyone of any age from anywhere in the world for this category. It may be for a single act of incredible courage, a long-lasting battle against the odds, or for inspirational campaigning.

Best Cancer Book

Have you read a book that's changed the way you think about cancer? Whether it's your experience or that of a loved one, reading can help people to process complex situations. If there's a book that's made a difference to you, The Spotlight Awards would love to know about it and they will be selecting one book as the winner.

Best Cancer Blogger

If you've found comfort in the stories of others, or have a space that you rely on for candid, practical advice, submit a nomination and help other patients just like you. They will be selecting one winner for the Best Cancer Blogger award.

Best Cancer Support Group

Do you have a group that's helped you through difficult times? Have you discovered a whole new set of friends since your diagnosis, who know what you're going through? Whether they're in your local clinic, round your kitchen table, or in an online forum, this award will give your support group a shout out! They'll be selecting one group to win the Best Cancer Support Group award.

Best Cancer Service

Charities, companies, even apps that you've found particularly handy could win the award.

Best Product

The Spotlight Awards are proud of all the products they stock at Live Better With, but they want to know which ones you really rate. From the one lotion that sorted your itchy skin, to your all-time favourite headwear, they'll be choosing a winner in each of the following categories: Skincare, Hair loss, Mastectomy, Stress relief, Combatting nausea, Feeling comfortable, Mind and brain, Eating well.

Nominations close at midnight on September 26, 2017.

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