Behind the Headlines

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UK cancer survival rates below European average

Thursday Dec 5 2013

UK cancer survival rates below European average

"Cancer survival in Britain the worst in Europe," The Daily Telegraph reports. This and many other similar headlines are prompted by a major new study on cancer survival rates in Europe from 1997 to 2007…

New test shows if DCIS breast cancer will spread

Tuesday Dec 3 2013

Breast test could avoid unneeded treatment

"New test for breast cancer that could spare thousands needless treatment,” the Daily Mail reports. Researchers have identified a molecule – integrin αvβ6 – that appears to be associated with the development of invasive breast cancer...

HPV vaccine could be offered to boys

Friday Nov 29 2013

HPV vaccine may be offered to boys

"HPV vaccine could be given to boys as well as girls in UK," The Guardian reports. It goes on to say that, "Government advisers are to consider whether the HPV vaccine, routinely offered to girls...

Study identifies marker for high-risk prostate cancers

Tuesday Nov 19 2013

Test may help spot deadly prostate cancers

"Prostate cancer patients could be screened to detect aggressive tumours after scientists identified a protein linked to severe forms of the disease," reports The Daily Telegraph…

Test checks severity of prostate cancer

Tuesday Nov 5 2013

Prostate cancer is one of the commonest male cancers

"Prostate cancer test 'could prevent needless treatment'," reports the Daily Telegraph. The news is based on findings from research presented at a National Cancer Conference in Liverpool...

PIP breast cancer link ruled out

Wednesday Oct 30 2013

Breast implants have been under scrutiny since the PIP scandal

The French-made breast implants widely known as PIP (Poly Implant Prosthese) were back in the news today, with the release of a new report that found that women who have PIP implants are not at higher risk of cancer...

Breast cancer more likely to reoccur in black women

Wednesday Oct 23 2013

The recurrence rate for breast cancer was higher for black women

"Black women at greater breast cancer risk," The Daily Telegraph reports. The warning follows a new UK study that found that young black women (under 41 years of age) had worse breast cancer outcomes compared with young white women...

Walking ‘could save 37,000 lives a year’ report claims

Monday Oct 7 2013

Walking ‘could save 37,000 lives’ campaigners claim

The benefits of walking have been reported across the UK media. The BBC reports that “walking more 'would save thousands' of lives in the UK”. These stories have been prompted by the "Walking Works” report…

Walking an hour a day may help cut breast cancer risk

Friday Oct 4 2013

Walking an hour day may help cut breast cancer risk

"Women who walk for an hour a day can cut their chance of breast cancer by 14%," The Guardian reports. A new study found that even moderate regular exercise is associated with lower risk of cancer …

Tight belts are unlikely to give you throat cancer

Wednesday Oct 2 2013

A tight belt will probably not give you throat cancer

"Wearing your belt too tight can raise your risk of getting throat cancer…as it increases your chance of suffering acid reflux," is the unnecessarily alarmist headline in The Daily Telegraph. In fact…

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