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Under-80 cancer deaths 'eliminated by 2050' claim

Wednesday Jan 14 2015

Under-80 cancer deaths 'eliminated by 2050' claim

"Cancer deaths will be eliminated for all under 80 by 2050,” The Independent reports. This is the optimistic prediction contained in a paper written by specialists in pharmacy from University College London (UCL)...

Blood test may tell you the best way to quit smoking

Monday Jan 12 2015

Blood test may tell you the best way to quit smoking

"A blood test could help people choose a stop-smoking strategy that would give them the best chance of quitting," BBC News reports. The test measures how quickly an individual breaks down nicotine inside their body…

New skin cancer drugs show promise in lab tests

Monday Jan 5 2015

New skin cancer drugs show promise

"New skin cancer drug set for clinical trials," The Guardian reports. In fact, two new compounds designed to treat malignant melanoma are due for trials after promising results in laboratory research…

Are most cancers down to 'bad luck'?

Monday Jan 5 2015

Are most cancers due to 'bad luck'?

"Most types of cancer can be put down to bad luck rather than risk factors such as smoking," BBC News reports. A US study estimates around two-thirds of cancer cases are caused by random genetic mutations…

E-cigarettes could help some smokers quit

Wednesday Dec 17 2014

E-cigarettes could help some smokers quit

"E-cigarettes can help smokers quit or cut down heavily," The Guardian reports. An international review of the evidence, carried out by the well-respected Cochrane Collaboration, found evidence that they can help some smokers quit…

HIV drug may slow the spread of prostate cancer

Monday Dec 1 2014

It is hoped that the drug can help prevent prostate cancer spreading into the bones

“A drug used to treat HIV infection can slow the spread of prostate cancer, research has shown,” The Independent reports. The news centres on the drug maraviroc (Celsentri), which researchers have found may slow the spread of prostate cancer…

UK 'among worst' for cancer linked to obesity

Thursday Nov 27 2014

An overweight man doing the right thing: exercise

“Britain almost the worst in the world for obesity-fuelled cancer,” reports The Daily Telegraph. This and other headlines report on the outcome of an international study into the rate of obesity-related cancers...

Cancer guidelines may improve diagnosis rates

Thursday Nov 20 2014

New cancer guidelines may improve diagnosis rates

"Doctors to get more help to spot cancer early," The Guardian reports. NICE has produced new draft guidelines that may help GPs pick up on possible early warning signs of cancer…

Report links obesity to advanced prostate cancer

Wednesday Nov 19 2014

Obesity 'probable cause' of advanced prostate cancer

"Being overweight raises risk of men developing aggressive prostate cancer," The Guardian reports. A major new report from the World Cancer Research Fund has found strong evidence obesity increases the risk of aggressive prostate cancer…

Triclosan soap linked to mouse liver cancers

Tuesday Nov 18 2014

Washing your hands probably won't give you cancer

"A chemical ingredient of cosmetics, soaps, detergents, shampoos and toothpaste has been found to trigger liver cancer," reports The Independent. The chemical in question, triclosan...

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