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Fourty per cent of cancers are avoidable

Four in 10 cancer cases- 600,000 in the UK- could be prevented if people led healthier lives say experts. The latest research figures from Cancer Research UK show smoking is by far the biggest avoidable risk factor- followed by unhealthy diets. The charity is urging people to consider their health when making their New Year […]

Painkillers linked to reduced skin cancer risk

Regularly taking aspirin and ibuprofen may help protect against some forms of skin cancer new research suggests. An Australian analysis of all studies to date found that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduced the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 18%. The drugs have previously been linked to a reduced risk of other cancers, including colon […]

NHS U turn over cancer drug trial funding

Hospital chiefs and cancer research leaders had been warned that funding for patients taking part in drug trials might be cut- but these were now “incorrect” according to NHS England. Excess treatment costs (ETCs) cover the care of patients involved in drug trials which are not already covered by the pharmaceutical or academic research body […]

NHS cancer services struggling warns charity

NHS cancer services are at a “tipping point” after years of efficiency savings and the recent NHS reforms warns Cancer Research UK. Their new report, the charity suggests services need urgent investment or cracks will appear- and the analysis calls for greater funding towards cancer diagnosis in order to meet the “looming demands” of an […]

Personal breast cancer drugs hope after gene study

“Personalised” treatments for breast cancer are a step closer, according to research scientists at Cardiff University.The scientists used gene technology to compare and contrast specific genetic errors in particular types of mouse breast cells. They were able to replicate “almost the entire spectrum” of aggressive breast cancer coming from one cell type. It helps understanding […]

Cancer patients not referred to specialists by GPs

Thousands of people who go on to be diagnosed with cancer were not referred to a specialists by their GP. NHS England data from around 4,000 GP practices suggests symptoms were picked up in other ways, for example by accident and emergency departments. The NHS said not all cancer patients went to their GPs and […]

Cost of cancer as much as a mortgage

When the diagnosis is cancer- concern about survival prospects and what the treatment will involve will naturally be the first thoughts for many people in that position. However the financial consequences can be pretty severe too, as  a new report produced by Demos demonstrates that four in five people with cancer find that they are […]

NHS told to ban all smoking in hospitals

The NHS must stop turning a “blind eye” to smoking and ban it in all hospital grounds in England, according to new guidance.The National Institute for Curbing Expenditure (NICE) said that it wanted to see smoking shelters scrapped so patients, visitors and staff could not light up. Staff should also stop helping patients out of […]

Cancers increase by 40% due to bad lifestyles

Cancers caused by smoking, drinking and excessive sunbathing have soared in the past decade- official statistics have revealed.The figures, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal large increases in the incidence of so called “lifestyle” related cancers. The biggest rise has been in the rate of malignant skin cancer, which has increased by […]

Half of UK population will get cancer

The number of people in the UK who will get cancer during their lifetime will increase to nearly half the population by 2020 a report has forecast.Macmillan Cancer Support said the projected figure of 47%, up from the current 44%, would put huge pressure on the NHS. People living longer is thought to be a […]