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Health & Fitness: Which factors could have contributed to Louis Hayward's deadly tumour?

My toothache turned out to be a brain tumour

  My toothache turned out to be a brain tumour Emma Webster, from Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, went to the dentist in April 2018 after complaining of toothache and was rushed through for root canal surgery. However, when the mother-of-one was still struggling with pain and blurred vision months later, she was referred for an MRI scan A young mother claims she was 'ready to plan her funeral' after a shock brain tumour diagnosis which she thought was toothache.

The tumour caused so much damage that by February 21, 1985, Louis Hayward was pronounced dead. During his lifetime, the South African born actor made a name for himself starring in films such as Walk A Crooked Mile (1948) and The Strange Woman (1946). An everlasting star on the Walk Of Fame celebrates the talent Hayward brought to the entertainment industry.

Having lived till 75, his encounter with cancer can, in part, be attributed to his habit of smoking three packs of cigarettes a day for more than half a century.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says: "Cigarette smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in the body.

Man discovers he has a brain tumour thanks to routine travel insurance paperwork

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"Smoke from other people's cigarettes, pipes, or cigars (secondhand smoke) also causes lung cancer."

While vaping wasn't an option for people like Hayward, the smoking cessation tool has become popular in the UK.

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Louis was a big movie star © Getty Louis was a big movie star

Expanding on the growing area of research on e-cigarettes, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has noted the adverse health risks associated with vaping.

"Long-term use of electronic cigarettes, or vaping products, can significantly impair the function of the body's blood vessels," the National Institutes of Health (NIH) notes.

Vaping then increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, which has been documented in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

Life-saving surgery to remove brain tumour wiped out all of woman's childhood memories

  Life-saving surgery to remove brain tumour wiped out all of woman's childhood memories Weronika Fafinska, 23, has told of how all her childhood memories were wiped out, including any recognition of her parents, after she had life-saving surgery to remove a brain tumour. Weronika Fafinska, 23, was diagnosed with a grade 2 diffuse astrocytoma brain tumour in February 2014 when she was just 14.She had most of the tumour removed during surgery in February 2014 - but when she came round she didn't even recognise her parents, Robert and Kate Bomba, who were sitting at her bedside.

While there is no current connection between vaping and cancer, that's not to say that evidence will not come to light in years to come.

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Cancer risk factors

Cancer Research UK states that 33 percent of cancers are linked to exposure to tobacco smoke.

Eighteen percent of cancer cases worldwide are linked to infections, and 12 percent of cases are associated with alcohol consumption.

Macmillan Cancer Support added that older age, a family history of the disease, and obesity are other risk factors for developing cancer.

How to reduce your risk of cancer

There are ways to reduce your risk of cancer, Cancer Research UK says.

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  Mum's agonising headaches actually down to tumours 'I've learned that I'm stronger than I thought.'But to her shock, a CT scan revealed two tumours on her brain that she was told were likely to be cancerous.

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Louis starred in Walk A Crooked Mile © Getty Louis starred in Walk A Crooked Mile

"Research shows that things like stopping smoking and keeping a healthy weight can reduce the risk of cancer," the charity adds.

Being more active, eating and drinking healthily, not smoking, being a healthy weight, and drinking no alcohol could reduce your risk of cancer.

Moreover, it's helpful to be "safe in the sun", meaning you wear sun protection.

"Too much UV radiation from the sun or sunbeds damages our skin cells," Cancer Research UK elaborates.

Signs of mouth cancer © Express Signs of mouth cancer

There are numerous types of cancer, which is why it's advisable to visit your doctor if you are experiencing troubling symptoms.

The sooner any type of cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome is likely to be.

Signs of cancer to watch out for:

  • Coughing for three weeks or more
  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Lumps
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue.

Louis Hayward starred in The Black Arrow, which is showcasing on Friday, November 25 on Film4 at 3.20pm.

Mum of two celebrates 'Christmas miracle' as she's cancer-free after terminal diagnosis .
After a routine MRI scan dealt mum-of-two Kylie Weatherby with a shocking blow, she finally received some good news . READ MORE: Baby born unable to swallow with rare disease receives life-saving heart surgery at just 7 days old © Brain Tumour Research / SWNS Kylie had to give birth to her twins, Luca and Malena, before she was able to have her tumour operated on in June 2021 What surgeons had feared was a regrowth of Kylie’s GBM has now been identified as a rare stage 2 pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma (PXA).

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