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  1. Too few women checking for breast cancer: Poll

    23rd May 2016 - Women are being reminded of the importance of checking their breasts for signs of breast cancer after a survey found a significant proportion were neglecting to do so. A poll by YouGov suggests that 1 in 7 women who attend routine breast cancer screening are relying solely on the NHS

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  2. Can healthy living prevent cancer?

    20th May 2016 - A large proportion of people could avoid getting cancer if they made lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, cutting back on drinking alcohol and maintaining a healthy weight, according to new research. The US study in the journal JAMA Oncology also found that getting enough exer

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  3. Genetic breakthrough for breast cancer

    3rd May 2016 - A new genetic discovery could lead to more personalised treatments for people with breast cancer. Scientists sequencing the whole genomes of breast cancer have found 5 new genes associated with the disease and 13 new 'mutational signatures' that influence development of breast cancer

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  4. Prostate cancer drug cabazitaxel u-turn

    22nd April 2016 - A prostate cancer drug rejected for NHS funding in England on cost grounds is to be made available after a new discount was agreed with the manufacturer. Although cabazitaxel (Jevtana) didn’t have routine approval, it was available through the Cancer Drugs Fund. It will now be move

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  5. Aspirin 'helps cancer survival after treatment'

    21st April 2016 - Taking low-dose aspirin after cancer treatment can help improve survival by up to 20%, according to a Cardiff University's School of Medicine analysis. Although other studies have suggested aspirin has cancer-fighting properties, regular aspirin use can cause internal bleeding, so

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  6. Alcohol and processed meat link to stomach cancer

    21st April 2016 - An analysis from the World Cancer Research Fund has found "strong evidence" that alcohol and processed meats can cause stomach cancer. Stomach cancer is the 16th most common cancer in the UK with around 7,100 cases in 2013. It is more common in men than women. Only around a fifth o

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  7. Big increase in womb cancer linked to obesity

    13th April 2016 - As the number of obese women has risen, so too has the number of women with cancer of the uterus (womb). New statistics show that obesity has helped to fuel a 54% increase of womb cancer rates in UK women in the last two decades. Cancer Research UK has released statistics that show

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  8. New imaging test could help cancer drug treatment

    11th April 2016 - A promising new imaging technique could show doctors within days whether or not their cancer medication is working, and it has been tested on a cancer patient in the UK for the first time. Scientists at Addenbrooke's Hospital, part of Cambridge University Hospitals, have started a

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  9. Singing may help cancer patients and carers

    5th April 2016 - As well as reducing stress and improving mood, singing in a choir for just one hour can boost immune system activity in cancer patients, according to a study. With growing evidence that social activities such as music therapy sessions can have positive mental health benefits for peo

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  10. Wales approves liver cancer drug sorafenib

    5th April 2016 -- The liver cancer drug sorafenib is to be made available in Wales after being rejected by England's medicines advisor on cost grounds. That rejection was criticised by cancer charities at the time. Sorafenib is the only medicine licensed to treat the most common form of liver cancer

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