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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Acupressure 'reduces breast cancer fatigue'

    8th July 2016 -- A US study has found that the ancient Chinese therapy acupressure can reduce symptoms of fatigue that are common in women after breast cancer treatment. Around a third of women experience moderate to severe fatigue for up to 10 years after breast cancer treatment ends. Acupressure i

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  9. Statin treatment linked to fewer cancer deaths

    8th July 2016 -- Being treated for high cholesterol with statins is being linked with a reduced risk of death and better survival from four common cancers, a medical conference has heard. The results come from a study of 14 years of UK data that included nearly a million people. High cholesterol is

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  10. Improved cervical cancer smear test announced

    7th June 2016 - The NHS cervical screening programme in England is changing to testing for HPV first rather than looking for cell changes in the cervix. Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV) - so experts hope that identifying this risk earlier wil

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