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  1. Many bowel cancer gene tests missed

    8th August 2016 -- New figures show nearly 1 in 3 UK hospitals don't carry out gene tests on people under 50 newly diagnosed with bowel cancer to check the cancer risks for close family members. Bowel cancer ranks as the UK’s second biggest cancer killer. It is also the fourth most common cancer. Ar

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  2. Air pollution could affect lung cancer survival

    5th August 2016 -- Exposure to air pollution after a diagnosis of lung cancer can have a negative effect on survival, according to a new study published online in the medical journal Thorax. The effect was most pronounced for people with early-stage disease, and in particular those with adenocarcino

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  3. Thousands survive cancer decades after diagnosis

    1st August 2016 – Despite being diagnosed with cancer more than 25 years ago, tens of thousands of people in the UK are still alive today – but many of these people are struggling with long-term side effects from their treatment. A new report released today, 'Cancer: Then and Now', reveals for the f

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  4. Cancer Drugs Fund revamped – but is it better?

    29th July 2016 – The way cancer drugs are appraised and funded in England has changed as of today, as a new Cancer Drugs Fund is launched. Four new cancer drugs are now available - but will it provide better access to drugs for people diagnosed with cancer? The NHS spends about £1.2 billion a year o

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  5. Drinking alcohol 'causes 7 types of cancer'

    22nd July 2016 - A new analysis has found compelling evidence that drinking alcohol causes at least 7 types of cancer. It found that heavy drinkers are at the highest risk, but even low to moderate drinkers are more likely to get certain cancers than non-drinkers. The review of evidence, published i

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  6. Oily fish 'may reduce deaths from bowel cancer'

    20th July 2016 – Eating a diet high in omega 3 fatty acids derived from oily fish may help reduce the risk of dying for people with bowel cancer, a study suggests. Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and accounted for 15,900 deaths in 2014. Previous experimental research has show

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  7. Stress 'unlikely to cause breast cancer'

    15th July 2016 – A major new study, published today in Breast Cancer Research, has shown no association between stress or adverse life events and an increased risk of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, and each year more than 50,000 women in the UK are told they have t

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  8. Warning over breathlessness and lung disease

    14th July 2016 – A new health campaign is calling for people with a persistent cough, or who get out of breath doing everyday activities, to see their GP. Public Health England (PHE) says they could be signs of lung disease, lung cancer or heart disease and that catching them early can save lives. A

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  9. Redhead genes linked to skin cancer

    12th July 2016 – Gene variants in people with red hair, pale skin and freckles have been linked to a higher number of gene mutations in skin cancers – and the researchers say this is comparable to having an extra two decades of sun exposure. Redheads make up 1–2% of the world's population, but in th

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  10. New test for predicting spread of breast cancer

    11th July 2016 – A new test, called EndoPredict, can predict the risk of a woman’s breast cancer spreading within 10 years of diagnosis more accurately than the current test approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Also, research found that the results can be made av

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