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  1. Insecticide lindane 'causes cancer'

    24th June 2015 – An insecticide that was used in some treatments for headlice and scabies has been found to cause cancer by a specialised agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Lindane, otherwise known as gamma-hexachlorocyclohexane, was once used extensively for insect control in agricultur

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  2. New cancer strategy 'could save 5,000 lives'

    23rd June 2015 - Around 5,000 lives could be saved in England each year if GPs adopt new guidelines on diagnosing cancer, drawn up by the health watchdog, NICE. The new strategy emphasises the need to help as many people as possible get an early diagnosis, which is known to increase the chances of r

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  3. Call for cervical cancer screening after 65

    15th June 2015 – A health research academic is calling for cervical cancer screening to be made available to women over the age of 65 after research showed that cases of the disease are increasing among older women. A review led by Sue Sherman, senior lecturer in psychology at Keele University, foun

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  4. Disappointment over prostate cancer drug

    11th June 2015 – Cancer charities are reacting with frustration as the health rationing body for England announces it is unlikely to endorse the prostate cancer medication enzalutamide for routine use by the NHS. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says there are too many un

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  5. Scientists offer breast screening reassurance

    4th June 2015 – A new study backs NHS advice that women aged 50 to 69 should attend breast screening sessions because they help save lives. Scientists from 16 countries, including the UK, found that women who attend screening reduce their risk of dying from cancer by 40% compared with women who do n

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  6. Combined cancer drugs show promise for melanoma

    1st June 2015 – A combination of 2 immunotherapy cancer medications could help around 60% of people with advanced melanoma, according to a UK-led trial. The scientists found that a higher proportion of patients with melanoma – the most serious type of skin cancer – responded to a combination of ipil

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  7. Cancer referral delays may explain lower survival

    28th May 2015 – GPs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are slower to refer patients who may have cancer for tests than in comparable countries, according to new research. The study shows a link between improved chances of surviving cancer and countries where doctors referred people to specialist

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  8. Cold sore virus 'can target skin cancer'

    27th May 2015 – Scientists say a genetically modified version of the herpes virus is a potential treatment for malignant melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer. The viral immunotherapy, called Talimogene Laherparepvec, or T-VEC for short, is a genetically engineered version of the herpes s

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  9. Missed cancer targets 'putting lives at risk'

    21st May 2015 – Cancer charities are warning that lives are being put at risk because increasing numbers of cancer patients are not being treated fast enough by the NHS. Figures published by NHS England show that the target for patients to begin treatment within 2 months of an urgent referral for su

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  10. Popular sunscreens fail consumer test

    15th May 2015 – Two out of 13 leading sunscreens fail to live up to their claims of providing a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30, according to the consumer magazine, Which? The 2 products made by Hawaiian Tropic and Boots have been added to the magazine's list of 'don't buy' products after tests ca

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