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Suicide gene therapy kills prostate cancer cells

A new gene therapy technique is able to modify prostate cancer cells so that a patient’s body attacks and kills them, US scientists have discovered. The technique causes the tumour cells in the body to self destruct, giving it the name ‘suicide gene therapy’. Their research found a 20% improvement in survival in patients with […]

Healthier lifestyles could cut cancer cases by a third

About a third of cancer cases in the UK could be prevented if people ate healthily, exercised more and cut down on alcohol according to new research. Exercise is an important way of keeping fit and cutting body fat, which is linked to the risk of developing cancer. Data from the World Cancer Research Fund […]

Good News on World Cancer Day

The cancer death rate for men fell by 12% and for women 8% between 2003 and 2013. In 2013, 284 out of every 100,000 people died from cancer. In 2003, it was 312. Improvements in diagnosis and treatment are thought to be the reason. The death rate for men fell 12% and for women by […]

Target of four week cancer diagnosis plan

More details of plans to improve cancer care in England have been revealed. They include a target that 95% of people should be given a diagnosis or the all-clear within 28 days of being referred by a GP, by 2020. Implementing it will cost £300 million a year until then. The target – recommended by […]

Female lung cancer cases top 20,000

Cases of lung cancer in women have reached 20,000 a year in the UK for the first time since records began. The figure for 2012 represents a rise from 14,000 in 1993, according to the data compiled by Cancer Research UK. It means the rate of lung cancer in the female population has risen by […]

New cancer strategy could save thousands of lives

About 5,000 lives could be saved each year in England if GPs follow new guidelines on cancer diagnosis. The health watchdog NICE say that a new approach is necessary to tackle England’s lagging cancer survival rates. The guidelines suggest all GPs order certain tests directly, side-stepping referrals to specialists first, to speed up access to […]

Prostate cancer gene targeted by drugs

Scientists have published a comprehensive genetic map of advanced prostate cancer. The study, published in the journal Cell, shows that nearly nine in 10 men had gene mutations that could be targeted with drugs. The study was led in the UK by scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) London in collaboration with several […]

Skin cancer linked to package holiday boom

A boom in cheap package holidays in the 1960s is partly behind the “worrying rise” in skin cancers in pensioners, Cancer Research UK suggests. The charity says that although all ages are at risk, many older people would not have been aware of how to protect themselves four decades ago. Figures show that 5,700 over […]

Smoking kills two thirds of smokers

The risk of death from smoking may be much higher than previously thought – tobacco kills up to two in every three smokers not one in every two according to new research. The study tracked more than 200,000 Australian smokers and non smokers above the age of 45 over six years. Mortality risk went up […]

NHS plans for earlier cancer diagnosis to save lives

Patients are to be given the option to refer themselves for cancer tests, as part of an NHS England bid to diagnose an extra 10% of people early. The NHS said it would start testing new ways of speeding up diagnosis, including offering patients the option to book appointments directly with a hospital or testing […]