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Half of cancer patients struggle to pay bills, car smoking ban comes into effect and why we are all living longer

A round up of the morning’s health news headlines

Almost half of patients struggling through cancer treatment are also facing a battle with bill payments, Macmillan Cancer Support has warned.

The charity surveyed 2,000 people to estimate some 400,000 people have fallen into arrears with bills while tackling the disease. Causes listed were having to give up work, paying for additional treatments not covered by the NHS and travel to and from treatment appointments, reports the Independent.

Lynda Thomas, Macmillan’s chief executive, said the figures were ’truly distressing’.

On the day that a new law banning smoking in cars with children comes into force, the Daily Mail reports on a study claiming that even if a window is rolled down the practice exposes kids to ‘chemicals more than 200 times the safe limit’.

As of today, anyone spotted smoking while in car with anyone under the age of 18 will be fined £50.

The Daily Express front page is looking into why we are ‘all living longer’, as the UK average life expectancy climbed to 80.

Better treatments for heart attacks and drugs to lower cholesterol and blood pressure as well as better nutrition and immunisations during childhood were all listed as causes.

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