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  1. Coffee 'protects against liver cancer'

    25th May 2017 – People who drink 2 cups of coffee each day could reduce their risk of developing the most common type of liver cancer by more than a third, say scientists. Researchers at the universities of Southampton and Edinburgh reviewed data from 26 studies involving more than 2.2 million peopl

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  2. Glass of wine a day 'increases breast cancer risk'

    23rd May 2017 – Drinking just a small glass of wine a day can increase the risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new report for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). The report also says that regular vigorous exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer in pre- and post-menopausal women

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  3. Breast clinics 'should pick screening appointment times'

    16th May 2017 – The number of women in England having mammograms as part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme has fallen in the last 10 years. In a new study researchers set out to try to discover if something as simple as changing the appointment letter sent out to women could make a difference –

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  4. Blood test 'improves' prostate cancer treatment'

    4th May 2017 – An inexpensive blood test could help doctors tailor individual targeted treatments for men with advanced prostate cancer, say scientists. The test, which could cost less than £50, looks for multiple copies of the androgen receptor gene, which many prostate cancers need to grow. Men wh

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  5. Cancer Drugs Fund 'was not fit for purpose'

    28th April 2017 – England's Cancer Drugs Fund was not good value for taxpayers, failed to benefit patients and may have resulted in some experiencing toxic side effects from drugs, a report has concluded. The fund was set up by David Cameron's Conservative government in 2010 in response to criticism

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  6. Are GPs and patients missing cancer symptoms?

    25th April 2017 – Thousands of people diagnosed with cancer in hospital as emergency patients had already visited their GP with symptoms, new figures show. Among a group of people diagnosed with cancer in an emergency setting, a quarter had seen a GP about their symptoms at least 3 times, according

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  7. Obesity fuelling rise in kidney cancer cases

    24th April 2017 – A rise in the number of people diagnosed with kidney cancer in the UK is being partly caused by the obesity epidemic, say cancer experts. New figures from Cancer Research UK show that around 20,000 cases of kidney cancer in England during the previous 10 years have been caused by o

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  8. Breast cancer drug gets Scottish funding

    11th April 2017 -- Scotland's NHS drug watchdog has approved the breast cancer drug trastuzumab emtansine (Kadcyla) for routine funding - the first part of the UK to do so. This is seen as a 'lifeline' drug, as a last resort to extend a cancer patient's life and was assessed by the Scottish Medicine

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  9. Antibiotics linked to bowel cancer precursor

    5th April 2017 – People who take antibiotics for long periods in early to mid life may be at a higher risk of developing polyps in their bowels that could be a precursor to bowel cancer, according to a study. US researchers say the findings add to emerging evidence that the type and diversity of bac

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  10. Soy 'benefits some people with breast cancer'

    7th March 2017 – Foods containing soy are not harmful – and may even be beneficial – for some women with breast cancer, says a study. The new research, published in the journal Cancer, may help resolve some of the uncertainties over soy's possible links to the disease. Although soy foods are general

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