Friday 9 December 2016

Not only is cancer a lot more treatable, we can talk about it

Published 18/01/2016 | 02:30

Jackie Collins did not reveal that she had been suffering from cancer until shortly before her death Photo: John Donegan/ABC
Jackie Collins did not reveal that she had been suffering from cancer until shortly before her death Photo: John Donegan/ABC

So, two high-profile deaths within the space of a week; the much-lamented David Bowie, and the widely mourned Alan Rickman (who, among other achievements, produced the best screen interpretation of Eamon de Valera, with a peerless Clare-Limerick accent, in 'Michael Collins').

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Both were 69 and both, it was announced, died from cancer: Bowie from liver cancer, Rickman from cancer of the pancreas.

changes in public attitudes to cancer have been striking over the course of my working life. It was once the great unmentionable.

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