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