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  1. Dogs 'sniff out' prostate cancer

    20th April 2015 – Scientists say they have successfully trained two dogs to 'sniff out' prostate cancer with more than 90% accuracy. The Italian researchers say using dogs to diagnose the disease could provide a viable alternative to the current blood test for prostate specific antigen (PSA), which

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  2. Blood test could give early breast cancer warning

    17th April 2015 – Scientists say they have developed a simple blood test that can predict whether a woman will develop breast cancer several years before it occurs. The technique, which involves measuring compounds in the blood, is still in its early stages but in the long term could lead to better

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  3. Breath test for stomach cancer risk

    14th April 2015 -- A new breath testing technology is showing promise in identifying people at risk of developing stomach cancer. The new nanoarray breath test looks for unique breath signatures from chemical compounds present in pre-cancer and cancer patients. However, experts say there's still a l

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  4. Women with breast cancer symptoms delay GP visit

    13th April 2015 – Almost a fifth of women diagnosed with breast cancer delayed visiting their GP by more than a month after spotting a potential symptom, says a cancer charity. Breast Cancer Care says the figure from a YouGov poll of 403 women suggests more needs to be done to ensure that women feel

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  5. Genetic screening for breast cancer prevention

    9th April 2015 – Experts have welcomed the results of a trial that used genetic testing to identify women at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. They say it could boost breast cancer prevention by allowing doctors to offer increased monitoring, personalised advice and preventative treatme

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  6. Inequalities in end-of-life care revealed

    8th April 2015 – New research has revealed that receiving good end-of-life support and care can be affected by the kind of illness people have, ethnic background and age. A report by the Personal Social Service Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) found current

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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