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Smokers who try to quit 'drink less alcohol', too

Monday Jul 25 2016

"How quitting smoking can be good for your liver: Those who have given up cigarettes 'drink less alcohol too'," the Mail Online reports. The news follows an analysis of two ongoing studies that aimed to…

Alcohol 'a direct cause of seven types of cancer'

Friday Jul 22 2016

"Even one glass of wine a day raises the risk of cancer: Alarming study reveals booze is linked to at least seven forms of the disease," reports the Mail Online. The news comes from a review that aimed to summarise data from a range of previous studies...

Eating oily fish 'may boost bowel cancer survival'

Friday Jul 22 2016

"Oily fish may reduce risk of death from bowel cancer, study suggests," reports The Telegraph. US research found people with bowel cancer who increased their intake of oily fish after diagnosis were less likely to die from the condition...

'Secret ginger gene' may increase skin cancer risk for millions

Wednesday Jul 13 2016

"People can carry a 'silent' red hair gene that raises their risk of sun-related skin cancer, experts warn," BBC News reports. Research suggests that carrying just one copy of a variant of the MC1R gene (having two copies causes red hair) increases…

1 in 8 advanced prostate cancers may be linked to faulty genes

Friday Jul 8 2016

"Nearly one in eight men who develop [advanced] prostate cancer carry mutations in genes which repair damage to DNA," The Daily Telegraph reports. One of the difficulties in detecting and treating prostate cancer…

Could 5:2 diet play a role in preventing breast cancer?

Friday Jun 17 2016

"Women who follow the 5:2 diet 'could reduce their risk of breast cancer','' the Mail Online reports. A small study found some women who followed the diet experienced breast cell changes thought to be protective against breast cancer. But the study…

Coffee's cancer risk downgraded (as long as you don't drink it hot)

Thursday Jun 16 2016

"Very hot drinks may cause cancer, but coffee does not, says WHO," The Guardian reports. A review by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that only beverages consumed at higher than 65C posed a possible cancer risk…

Three servings of wholegrains a day 'cuts risk of early death'

Wednesday Jun 15 2016

"Eating Weetabix for breakfast 'can slash your risk of dying early from any cause'," the Daily Mirror reports. A new study looking at wholegrain consumption (not just Weetabix) found a strong link between consumption and improved…

Teens who vape e-cigs 'six times more likely to smoke cigarettes'

Tuesday Jun 14 2016

"Vaping is a gateway to smoking," the Mail Online reports, seriously overstating the evidence of a new US study. While the study did find teens who experimented with e-cigs were more likely to smoke "traditional" tobacco products…

Ten years of hormone breast cancer drugs 'may benefit some'

Monday Jun 6 2016

"Taking hormonal drugs for up to 15 years reduces the risk of breast cancers coming back," BBC News reports. A new study looked at 1,918 postmenopausal women with what is known as oestrogen receptor-positive (or ER+) breast cancers…

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