Cancer

Study hints at power of gut bacteria to protect against cancer

Several studies have suggested that bacteria in the gut could be used to reduce the risk of certain types of…

Could being married increase the life expectancy of cancer patients?

A new peer-reviewed study published in the journal CANCER has revealed a link between marital status and the life expectancy…

‘Ginger gene’ raises your melanoma risk even if you keep out of the sun

Carriers of the ‘ginger gene’ are more susceptible to melanoma, according to new research. And, although red hair and freckles…

‘Vegetarian gene’ raises the risk of cancer and heart disease

Populations that have eaten a vegetarian diet over several generations have an increased risk of heart disease and cancer, according…

Immunotherapy: your guide to the new powerful weapon against cancer

Immunotherapy has been heralded as a lasting cure for cancer. What exactly is it — and does it really have…

23 Mar 2016

Does a high-carb diet raise your risk of lung cancer?

A high-carb diet may raise your risk of lung cancer, according to a study carried out by the University of…

Why a yearly health check might save your life

Many patients are familiar with the need to keep a regular — often annual — check on certain aspects of…

9 Mar 2016

Robust evidence is in: a regular aspirin will reduce your risk of bowel cancer

Taking a quarter of an aspirin tablet a day could reduce bowel cancer risk by a fifth, according to a…

‘Holy grail’ of cancer treatment on the horizon as research reveals tumour weak spot

Researchers have discovered a unique marker present in every tumour that could revolutionise the way cancer is treated. The marker,…

Stress ‘may build a faster transport network for cancer cells’

Research published in the journal Nature Communications suggests a mechanism by which stress can facilitate the spread of cancer. The…

Catching prostate cancer early is crucial. Here is what you should know

Prostate cancer is the most common form of male cancer and the fourth cause of cancer deaths in the UK.…

29 Feb 2016

Controlling cancer ‘may be more effective than trying to kill it’

Frequent, low-dose chemotherapy may be more effective than treatment that aims to eradicate cancer cells completely, according to a study…

Improving public health is a crusade to persuade

In a multi-platform world with global influences, doctors must look beyond the old standbys to spark a change in behaviour

18 Feb 2016

The ups and downs of being tall: more chance of cancer, less risk of heart disease

Height has a significant impact on the likelihood of dying from certain common diseases, according to research published in The…

A common painkiller has a side effect — it seems to fight cancer too

Diclofenac, a common anti-inflammatory painkiller, has ‘significant’ anti-cancer properties, according to research published in the journal ecancermedicalscience. The investigation into…

Spotting lung cancer early is crucial. Here’s what you should know

Britain tends to lag behind other European countries in terms of its cancer survival rates. A few years ago this…

17 Dec 2015

Bad habits of ‘Western lifestyle’ blamed for rise of cancer in the developing world

Cancer is becoming more common in the developing world because of the proliferation of a ‘Western lifestyle’, according to a…

Cancer drugs still being assessed for the NHS ‘to be given to patients early’

England’s Cancer Drugs Fund, which pays for drugs the NHS deems unaffordable, is to be overhauled. Under new plans patients…

Mouth cancers are on the rise. Here is how to stop them

According to figures released by Cancer Research UK, oral cancer is now the tenth most common cancer in men and…

Barbecued meat ‘will raise your risk of kidney cancer’

Last month the World Health Organisation commissioned a report which suggests that processed meat can cause cancer. Now researchers from…

Bacon may cause cancer but here is why you shouldn’t be worried

The presenter Karl Pilkington once said that if he could be a super hero he would like to be ‘Bullshit…

30 Oct 2015

South West good, Merseyside bad: for cancer diagnosis where you live matters

New analysis of health data by Cancer Research UK has shown that where you live is a major factor in…

IVF can be horrible. Adding a cancer scare to the ordeal is just nasty

Most of us, if we’re in our 30s or later, know someone who’s had to go through IVF. The fertility…

22 Oct 2015

Foods that fend off cancer

We can do things to reduce our risk, says Professor Martyn Caplin, consultant gastroenterologist

How to gauge skin cancer risk: count the moles on your arm

According to research carried out at King’s College London, the number of moles on the body is a reliable indicator…

Tweaked malaria protein ‘can find and destroy nine out of 10 cancers’

Where would medicine be without the good fortune of a discovery made by accident? Scientists at the University of Copenhagen…

14 Oct 2015