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  1. Bowel screening test kit 'needs upgrade'

    7th September 2015 - Researchers say more people would use the NHS home bowel cancer test kits if they were upgraded to include more 'extras'. Fewer than 60% of 60-to-74 year olds in England return the kit, but the experts say providing latex-free gloves and 'poo catchers' could increase use of the

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  2. Is there a link between height and cancer?

    2nd October 2015 - Being taller is associated with a greater risk of cancer for both men and women, according to new research from Sweden. The study, which was presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology, confirms previous studies that have found an asso

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  3. Cancer 'leaves thousands struggling with bills'

    1st October 2015 - Almost 400,000 people are facing problems paying household bills and managing debts as a result of being diagnosed with cancer, says a major charity. Macmillan Cancer Support says many people end up in a "dire financial situation" because they are faced with extra costs as a resul

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  4. Rationing body 'yes' to leukaemia drug

    29th September 2015 - Some patients in England and Wales with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) could be offered idelalisib on the NHS after a decision by the health rationing body. In draft final guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is recommending that the medic

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  5. HRT may be safe for women with ovarian cancer

    29th September 2015 - Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be safe for women with ovarian cancer, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. HRT has been associated with an increased risk of developing breast, ovarian and womb cancer. This is the first to look at the ri

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  6. Could aspirin boost gastro cancer life expectancy?

    28th September 2015 - Taking aspirin may almost double the life expectancy of patients who have been diagnosed with cancers affecting the gastrointestinal tract, early results from a large trial suggest. Researchers in the Netherlands say this is the first time that the survival of patients with tum

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  7. More than half ignore bowel cancer test

    21st September 2015 - More than half of people invited to take a new bowel cancer screening test in England failed to turn up, a study has found. Scientists also discovered that people from poor neighbourhoods were much less likely to take the test than those from more affluent backgrounds. They say

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  8. 'No' in England to pancreatic cancer drug

    17th September 2015 - England's health rationing body has confirmed it has decided to say no to the use of nab-paclitaxel (Abraxane) for pancreatic cancer in the NHS. The final draft guidance by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) follows the decision earlier this month to r

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  9. Can the Mediterranean diet prevent breast cancer?

    14th September 2015 - A Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer in women, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Breast cancer rates are lower in Mediterranean countries than in northern and central European

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  10. Yes to melanoma drug on the NHS

    8th September 2015 - The medication pembrolizumab for patients with advanced skin cancer due to melanoma will be made available on the NHS in England following a decision by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Pembrolizumab, which is marketed under the brand name Keytruda,

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