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Your guide to the science that makes the news

Gene tests for prostate cancer may be possible

Friday Feb 21 2014

Gene tests for prostate cancer may be possible

“Scientists have isolated a set of 13 gene defects that can be used to identify men who are most at risk of developing life-threatening prostate cancer," The Independent reports. Arguably the biggest challenge in treating prostate cancer…

20% rise in penile cancer

Wednesday Feb 19 2014

20% rise in penile cancer

"The rise of penis cancer: Cases soar by 20% amidst fears that symptoms are being misdiagnosed as STDs," reports the Mail Online. The news follows...

Nanofibre lined tubes used to 'move' brain tumours

Tuesday Feb 18 2014

Nanofibre lined tubes used to attack brain tumours

“Cancer ‘monorails’ can be used to kill [brain] tumours by luring them into toxic pits or areas of the body that are safer to operate on,” BBC News reports. This headline comes from an exciting new study which used…

Charity urges EU to give kids cancer drugs access

Tuesday Feb 11 2014

Children denied cancer drugs, experts claim

“Children with cancer ‘denied drugs because of EU rules’,” reports the BBC. This and other headlines in the media are based on a press release issued by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR)…

Vitamin C not proven to 'boost' chemo

Monday Feb 10 2014

Vitamin C unproven as a 'chemo-booster'

"Vitamin C keeps cancer at bay, US research suggests," was the inaccurate headline on the BBC News website. The study it reports on did not find that high-dose vitamin C helped with cancer survival, although it did appear to show it reduced…

Heart failure patients may have higher cancer risk

Wednesday Jan 29 2014

Heart failure patients found to have higher cancer risk

"Heart attacks increase the risk of developing cancer," is the completely inaccurate headline on the Mail Online website. The Mail was attempting to report on a study looking at cancer risk in people with heart failure…

Little proof sunbathing cuts heart attack risk

Tuesday Jan 21 2014

Scant evidence sunbathing cuts heart attack risks

"Sunbathing 'can cut risk of heart attacks and strokes'," reports the Metro – but there is little hard evidence to back the claim. New research has tried to explain previous observations that blood pressure is lower in the summer than in the winter in…

Claims of a universal cure for cancer 'misleading'

Friday Jan 17 2014

Claims of universal cancer cure are sadly premature

"A cure for all cancers is on the way" was the frankly bizarre claim on the front page of the Daily Express, not least because the study it was "reporting" on involved blind mole rats, not humans…

Women over 50 warned not to skip smear tests

Wednesday Jan 15 2014

Over-50s warned not to skip smear tests

"Women aged 50 and older are being warned of the dangers of skipping smear tests," BBC News reports, as a UK study into the impact of cervical cancer screening found that our current screening practices seem to work…

More Brits than ever are living with cancer

Tuesday Jan 14 2014

Cancer diagnosis are rising in the UK

"UK's annual cancer diagnosis numbers rise by 50,000 in a decade," reports The Guardian. The headline is based on new figures released by Cancer Research UK, which show...

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