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  1. Angelina Jolie has her ovaries removed

    24th March 2015 – Angelina Jolie has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in a preventative operation to help reduce her risk of ovarian cancer. The 39-year-old actress's decision was taken two years after she had a double mastectomy because she carries genes that increase her risk of breast

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  2. Obesity 'a risk factor for 7 cancers'

    18th March 2015 – Women who are obese have a 41% greater risk of developing a number of different cancers in their lifetime, say experts. New figures released by Cancer Research UK shows that obesity is linked to at least 7 different cancers – bowel, womb, kidney, gallbladder, pancreatic, oesophagea

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  3. Cancer patients social care neglected, says charity

    10th March 2015 -- A cancer charity says many people living with cancer aren’t getting the social care they need. Macmillan Cancer Support says around 160,000 people are left housebound because of a lack of support, while other are unable to wash or dress themselves. The charity's report ‘Hidden at

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  4. Vegetarian diet linked to lower bowel cancer risk

    10th March 2015 – Eating more fruit and vegetables and cutting down on red meat reduces the risk of bowel cancers, researchers claim American researchers found that those who incorporated fish and other seafood into an otherwise vegetarian diet saw the highest level of protection against colorectal

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  5. Cancer awareness campaigns increase GP visits

    4th March 2015 -- There's evidence that NHS campaigns to raise awareness of cancer symptoms, including coughs and changes in bowel habits, are working. After the Be Clear on Cancer campaign, the number of people who knew that blood in poo could be a sign of bowel cancer rose from 27% to 42%. Awarene

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  6. HRT linked to higher ovarian cancer risk

    13th February 2015 – Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for the menopause, even for just a few years, have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer, according to a major review of available literature on the subject. Previous studies had suggested that the extra risk of developing th

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  7. 1 in 2 people in the UK will get cancer

    4th February 2015 – Half the country will develop cancer at some point in their lives, according to the latest prediction from Cancer Research UK, and it's because we're living longer. The UK's cancer survival rate has doubled over the last 40 years and around half of patients now survive the diseas

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  8. '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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  9. 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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  10. 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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