Woman's Hour - 08/09/2009

With Jane Garvey. The latest study regarding breast cancer suggests that as many as 40 per cent of cases of the disease could be avoided if women adopted a healthier lifestyle. The research, carried out by the World Cancer Research Fund, talks of avoiding excessive alcohol, exercising more and maintaining a healthy weight. To discuss whether or not this new research affects the way we view breast cancer, and what it means for women who have the disease, Jane Garvey is joined by the academic and broadcaster Prof Lisa Jardine, who has had breast cancer, Antonia Dean, a clinical nurse specialist with Breast Cancer Care, and Dr Kat Arney, part of the Science Research Team at Cancer Research UK. When a strike by Zambian nurses left one woman forced to give birth to her baby in a hospital car park of Lusaka hospital, newspaper editor Chansa Kabwela decided to distribute two graphic images of the woman in labour to highlight the effects of the strike. Ms Kabwela now faces jail after being charged with distributing obscene material with intent to corrupt public morals. As her trial resumes, Jane talks to BBC correspondent Jonah Fisher about the case, which has prompted many Zambians to sign a petition in support of the journalist. Journalist Liz Jones fell in love with a remote part of Britain - the Exmoor National Park - and decided to move there. Renowned for her highly personal columns, she has pulled no punches in writing about her new life in the country. Columnist Jane Alexander, another one-time town dweller who has lived in Exmoor for 11 years, has written a passionate riposte to what she sees as Liz Jones's unfair depiction of life there. They join Jane to explore the pros and cons of moving to the countryside. The trumpeter Alison Balsom became the first Briton to be crowned Female Artist of the Year at the 2009 Classical BRIT awards. She is the only female trumpeter signed to a major record label and is seen as shaking up the world of classical music, bringing a new sense of glamour, youth and accessibility not only to the trumpet, but also to the scene itself. Alison joins Jane to discuss her success and how she is preparing for her upcoming performances at the Last Night of the Proms.


  • 2009-09-08 10:00:00 - 2009-09-08 11:00:00 on Radio 4 FM, Radio 4 LW,