Behind the Headlines

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Daily low-dose aspirin may help combat cancer

Friday Apr 22 2016

"Aspirin could help beat cancer: Daily pill can 'cuts odds of dying of breast, bowel and prostate cancer by a fifth'," the Daily Mail reports. A review of previous studies suggests low-dose aspirin could play a useful role in…

Obesity epidemic blamed for rise in womb cancer

Wednesday Apr 13 2016

"Obesity 'likely culprit' behind womb cancer rise," reports BBC News. Cancer Research UK has released data showing a marked increase in cases of womb cancer over the last two decades, and obesity seems to be the likely reason…

Choir singing may boost immunity in people affected by cancer

Tuesday Apr 5 2016

"Being in a choir could help the body fight cancer by boosting the immune system," the Daily Mail reports. The study involved 193 people from Wales who were affected by cancer in some way…

Global obesity rates expected to soar in next decade

Friday Apr 1 2016

"One-fifth of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025," The Guardian reports, while The Sun warns that the "UK's population to be fattest in Europe" by the same date. These are just some of the conclusions of a major…

Diabetes drug linked to increased bladder cancer risk

Thursday Mar 31 2016

"The anti-diabetic drug pioglitazone raises the risk of bladder cancer by 63 per cent," The Daily Telegraph reports. While the actual risk increase in real-world terms is small, the results may help inform prescription decisions…

Quitting smoking overnight 'better than cutting down gradually'

Tuesday Mar 15 2016

"Want to quit smoking? Forget trying to cut down, if you really want to kick the habit 'going cold turkey is the best option'," is the headline from the Mail Online. The news website reports on a trial by UK-based researchers that aimed to assess…

'Carbs linked to lung cancer,' study finds

Tuesday Mar 8 2016

"White bread, bagels and rice 'increase the risk of lung cancer by 49%','' the Mail Online reports after a US study found a link between lung cancer and eating a diet with a high glycaemic index (GI), a measure of carbohydrate content…

Talc and ovarian cancer: what the most recent evidence shows

Tuesday Mar 8 2016

"Talc 'is linked to ovarian cancer','' the Mail Online reports. That is the finding of a recent study looking at whether talcum powder can increase the risk of ovarian cancer – an association made newsworthy by a high-profile court case in the US…

Can aspirin reduce bowel cancer risk?

Friday Mar 4 2016

"Taking two aspirin a week could protect against cancer," reports the Daily Telegraph. A US study found that aspirin use twice or more per week was associated with a small reduction in cancer risk...

Researchers discover pancreatic cancer is 'four different diseases'

Thursday Feb 25 2016

"Major insight into killer pancreatic cancer," BBC News reports after research into pancreatic cancer identified four distinct subtypes. This discovery may lead to new treatments for this notoriously hard-to-treat condition…

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