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  1. Blood test 'to target prostate cancer treatment'

    19th June 2017 – A new 3-in-1 blood test could revolutionise the treatment of prostate cancer, say scientists, and help pave the way for personalised patient treatment. The key to the new treatment is the ability to test for cancer DNA in a person's bloodstream. This so-called 'liquid biopsy' has th

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  2. NHS approval for life-extending breast cancer drug

    Editor's note 20th June 2017 -- The Welsh Government has announced it has received the same deal from the manufactruer as NHS England and will be making the drug routinely. avaiable. 15th June 2017 – A decision to approve a life-extending breast cancer drug for routine NHS use in England and Wales i

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  3. Could a blood test detect cancer early?

    5th June 2017 – A simple blood test that could reliably detect cancer in its early stages could one day be a possibility, say scientists. Currently, the only way to make a firm cancer diagnosis is from a biopsy in which a small amount of bodily tissue is removed for analysis. However, a blood test f

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  4. Coffee 'protects against liver cancer'

    25th May 2017 – People who drink 2 cups of coffee each day could reduce their risk of developing the most common type of liver cancer by more than a third, say scientists. Researchers at the universities of Southampton and Edinburgh reviewed data from 26 studies involving more than 2.2 million peopl

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  5. Glass of wine a day 'increases breast cancer risk'

    23rd May 2017 – Drinking just a small glass of wine a day can increase the risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new report for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). The report also says that regular vigorous exercise can reduce the risk of breast cancer in pre- and post-menopausal women

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  6. Breast clinics 'should pick screening appointment times'

    16th May 2017 – The number of women in England having mammograms as part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme has fallen in the last 10 years. In a new study researchers set out to try to discover if something as simple as changing the appointment letter sent out to women could make a difference –

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  7. Blood test 'improves' prostate cancer treatment'

    4th May 2017 – An inexpensive blood test could help doctors tailor individual targeted treatments for men with advanced prostate cancer, say scientists. The test, which could cost less than £50, looks for multiple copies of the androgen receptor gene, which many prostate cancers need to grow. Men wh

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  8. Cancer Drugs Fund 'was not fit for purpose'

    28th April 2017 – England's Cancer Drugs Fund was not good value for taxpayers, failed to benefit patients and may have resulted in some experiencing toxic side effects from drugs, a report has concluded. The fund was set up by David Cameron's Conservative government in 2010 in response to criticism

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  9. Are GPs and patients missing cancer symptoms?

    25th April 2017 – Thousands of people diagnosed with cancer in hospital as emergency patients had already visited their GP with symptoms, new figures show. Among a group of people diagnosed with cancer in an emergency setting, a quarter had seen a GP about their symptoms at least 3 times, according

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  10. Obesity fuelling rise in kidney cancer cases

    24th April 2017 – A rise in the number of people diagnosed with kidney cancer in the UK is being partly caused by the obesity epidemic, say cancer experts. New figures from Cancer Research UK show that around 20,000 cases of kidney cancer in England during the previous 10 years have been caused by o

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