Behind the Headlines

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Frequent ejaculation may decrease prostate cancer risk

Thursday Jul 6 2017

"Ejaculating at least 21 times a month significantly reduces a man's risk of prostate cancer," the Mail Online reports. This is based on research that asked men how often they ejaculated per month and subsequent reporting of prostate cancer…

Some women in the UK still unaware of cervical screening

Friday Jun 30 2017

"Nearly a quarter of women who don't make cervical screening appointments are unaware that the process even exists, according to a UK survey," BBC News reports. Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the cervix, the entrance to the womb…

Blood test may show if prostate cancer treatment is working

Monday Jun 19 2017

"Prostate cancer blood test helps target treatment," BBC News reports. A study found a blood test could detect which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from new drug treatment. Researchers analysed...

Antibiotics and vitamin C could kill cancer cells

Monday Jun 12 2017

"Vitamin C and antibiotics could be up to 100 times more effective than drugs at killing cancer cells – without the side effects," reports the Mail Online. The news comes from the results of a study that found a new two-pronged approach using…

'Everyday chemicals' linked to cancer

Friday Jun 2 2017

"Chemicals in everyday items like cosmetics linked to cancer," The Independent reports. Research involving genetically engineered human cells found that a class of chemical called aldehydes damaged a gene that prevents cancer from developing…

Expanding waistline linked to an increased risk of cancer

Thursday May 25 2017

"A pot belly is a red flag for cancer," reports the Mail Online after a new study found an increase in waist circumference carries similar risks for developing cancer as raised body mass index (BMI)…

Just half a glass of wine a day may increase breast cancer risk

Tuesday May 23 2017

"Just half a glass of wine a day ups the risk of breast cancer by nine per cent, experts warn," The Sun reports. A major report looking at global evidence found that drinking just 10g of alcohol a day – 1.25 units – was linked to an increased...

Blood test may lead to targeted therapy for prostate cancer

Friday May 5 2017

"A blood test has been developed that could help target treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer," BBC News reports. The test could help identify men unlikely to respond to drugs such as enzalutamide…

Cycling commuters have lower rates of heart disease and cancer

Friday Apr 21 2017

"Want to live longer? Reduce your risk of cancer? And heart disease? Then cycle to work," BBC News advises, prompted by a new study that found UK commuters who cycled to work had lower rates of cancer and heart disease…

Antibiotic use linked to 'pre-cancerous' bowel changes

Thursday Apr 6 2017

"Taking antibiotics for more than two weeks increases your risk of bowel cancer by 73 per cent," reports the Daily Mail. However, the study it reports on did not look at rates of bowel cancer. What it did find is an increased risk of bowel polyps…

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