Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

What is proton beam therapy?

Wednesday Sep 3 2014

Proton beam therapy may be useful in treating rare children's cancer

Proton beam therapy has been discussed widely in the media in recent days. This is because of the controversy surrounding the treatment of a young boy called Ashya King, who has medulloblastoma...

Lumpectomy 'as effective as double mastectomy'

Wednesday Sep 3 2014

Double mastectomy no better than lumpectomy

"Double mastectomy for breast cancer 'does not boost survival chances'," The Guardian reports. Statistics from California cast doubt on the notion that removing both breasts in cases of breast cancer has a greater benefit than less radical surgery…

Study finds plain cigarette pack fears 'unfounded'

Friday Aug 29 2014

Plain packs don't lead to 'unintended consequences'

"Cigarette plain packaging fear campaign unfounded," reports The Guardian. After Australia introduced plain packaging laws in 2012, opponents of the legislation argued it would lead to a number of unintended consequences…

Tomato rich diet 'reduces prostate cancer risk'

Thursday Aug 28 2014

Tomato rich diet reduces prostate cancer risk

“Tomatoes ‘cut risk of prostate cancer by 20%’,” the Daily Mail reports, citing a study that found men who ate 10 or more portions a week had a reduced risk of the disease. The study in question gathered a year’s dietary information…

Depression therapy aids other cancer symptoms

Thursday Aug 28 2014

Depression therapy aids other cancer symptoms

"Depression therapy could help cancer patients fight illness," reports The Daily Telegraph. A UK study surveying people with cancer and depression has found that depression therapy can alleviate cancer-related symptoms...

Botox may be useful in treating stomach cancers

Thursday Aug 21 2014

Botox may be useful in treating stomach cancers

"Botox may have cancer fighting role," BBC News reports after research involving mice found using Botox to block nerve signals to the stomach may help slow the growth of stomach cancers…

Is breastfeeding inability causing depression?

Wednesday Aug 20 2014

Is breastfeeding inability causing depression?

Mothers who plan but fail to breastfeed their babies are more likely to suffer from postnatal depression, report BBC News and the Independent.

Macmillan finds cancer survival 'postcode lottery'

Friday Aug 15 2014

Tower blocks in Dagenham: the area has one of the worst cancer survival rates

"Cancer postcode lottery 'costs 6,000 lives a year'," reports The Times. This, and similar headlines, are based on cancer survival figures compiled by Macmillan Cancer Support...

Is UK obesity fuelling an increase in 10 cancers?

Thursday Aug 14 2014

Obesity is known to be associated with increased risk of cancer

"Being overweight and obese puts people at greater risk of developing 10 of the most common cancers," reports BBC News. The news is based on research using information in UK GP records for over 5 million people...

Salt injections: not a cure for cancer

Wednesday Aug 13 2014

It's unwise to inject yourself with table salt

"Salt injection 'kills cancer cells' by causing them to self-destruct," reports the Mail Online. Despite this headline, there is no new treatment for cancer using salt...

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