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  1. 'Escape to the sun' skin cancer concerns

    21st January 2015 – The NHS regulator for England is trying to help people understand the benefits and risks of sun exposure so people can strike the right balance, whilst not putting themselves at increased risk of skin cancer. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says more

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  2. Cancer treatments removed from funding list

    13th January 2015 – Health charities have reacted with dismay following an announcement that 25 cancer treatments are to have their funding withdrawn by the NHS in England. The decision was made during a review of the Cancer Drugs Fund. NHS England says difficult decisions had to be made after it em

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  3. Plan to allow self-referral for cancer testing

    12th January 2015 – Patients in England would be allowed to refer themselves for cancer diagnostic testing under new plans by the NHS designed to improve survival rates. The proposal is part of a raft of measures outlined by NHS England that includes a new taskforce charged with developing a 5 year

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  4. 'Bad luck' behind cancer risk

    2nd January 2015 - New US research suggests that nearly two-thirds of cancer cases over a lifetime are down to bad luck, rather than unhealthy lifestyle or inherited genes. However, lifestyle still plays a part. Last week, Cancer Research UK said that nearly 600,000 cancer cases in the UK could have

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  5. Pancreatic cancer drug rejected in England

    30th December 2014 -- The NHS in England is being advised not to fund a new pancreatic cancer drug that's already available to patients in Wales and in England through the Cancer Drugs Fund. In draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says that although nab-paclit

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  6. Cancer and genetic disease centres named

    22nd December 2014 – NHS England has named 11 centres that will lead a genetics project aimed at developing new tests and medications for people with cancer and rare diseases. The 100,000 Genomes Project, launched by the Prime Minister in 2012, aims to build a huge repository of genetic and health i

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  7. New advanced kidney cancer treatment

    16th December 2014 – The NHS in England is planning to recommend a new treatment for kidney cancer called axitinib (Inlyta). It is for the treatment of some people with a condition called advanced renal cell carcinoma. This is a type of cancer that starts in specialised kidney cells lining the small

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  8. Breastfeeding 'protects against breast cancer'

    12th December 2014 – Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of developing breast cancer in future years, according to new US research. An analysis of 27 studies involving 36,881 women from 4 continents who had invasive breast cancer found that a previous history of breastfeeding reduced their risk b

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  9. Call for more targeted tests for cancer genes

    1st December 2014 – A cancer charity is calling for more women in certain groups to have genetic testing to see if they carry gene mutations that put them at high risk of cancer. Women carrying a BRCA 1 or 2 gene mutation have approximately a 20% to 45% chance of developing ovarian cancer and a 50%

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  10. GPs urged to boost cancer diagnoses

    20th November 2014 – GPs will be encouraged to increase the number of patients referred to hospital for cancer tests under new advice issued today. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says that delays in spotting the early signs of cancer could be leading to thousands of unn

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