Behind the Headlines

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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...

Long-term mobile phone use and cancer

Thursday Nov 13 2014

We still don't properly understand the long-term effects of mobile phone use

"Do mobile and cordless phones raise the risk of brain cancer?" asks the Mail Online today. There are now more mobile phones than people in the UK, so you would expect the commonsense answer to be...

Genes tweaked to 'starve' prostate cancer cells

Tuesday Nov 11 2014

Prostate cancer is one of the commonest cancers in men

"Prostate cancer could be 'halted' by injections," reports The Independent. While this headline rather simplifies the research findings, the research it's based on demonstrates an interesting way to stop prostate cancer – for mice, at least...

Could sex with 21 women 'cut prostate risk'?

Wednesday Oct 29 2014

Sex with 21 women 'lowers prostate cancer risk' claims

"Sleeping with more than 20 women protects men against prostate cancer, academics find," The Daily Telegraph reports. The study in question included more than 1,500 men diagnosed with prostate cancer and a matched…

Lab-grown killer cells could treat brain tumours

Monday Oct 27 2014

Lab-grown killer cells could treat brain tumours

"Scientists … have discovered a way of turning stem cells into killing machines to fight brain cancer," BBC News reports. While the results of this study were encouraging, the research involved mice, not humans…

New way to distinguish between ovarian tumours

Thursday Oct 16 2014

New test to distinguish between ovarian tumours

"A new test can help doctors identify ovarian cancer more accurately and cut down on instances of unnecessary surgery," BBC News reports. The BBC accurately reflects the findings of researchers who developed new tests for ovarian cancer. These tests…

Concerns raised about late diagnosis of lung cancer

Tuesday Oct 14 2014

Some GPs may be missing early signs of lung cancer

"Doctors in Britain are 'missing opportunities' to spot lung cancer at an early stage," BBC News reports. A study found around a third of people with the condition die within 90 days of their initial diagnosis…

Green tea compound may improve cancer drugs

Monday Oct 6 2014

Green tea compound may improve cancer drugs

"Green tea could helps [sic] scientists develop new cancer fighting drugs," the Mail Online reports. Before you rush out to the shops, in no way does this study suggest green tea can fight cancer. Instead, research has found a compound in green tea…

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