Cancer

Time to dump those pills: antioxidants found to hasten spread of cancer

In 1999 a book called The Antioxidant Miracle was released. Its publicity material stated: ‘A pill that strengthens your heart,…

9 Oct 2015

Scientists discover a new way to stop cancer cells spreading

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen and the Francis Crick Institute have discovered a new way to stop cancer cells…

Aspirin ‘doubled the survival rate of cancer patients’

Aspirin is already known to raise survival rates for bowel cancer. Now a study carried out by researchers at Leiden…

Most ignore bowel cancer screening that could cut deaths by nearly half

According to a report published in the Journal of Medical Screening, more than half of people invited to take bowel…

Cancer ‘sponge’ can spot and absorb tumour cells as they start to spread

According to research published in the journal Nature Communications, US researchers have developed a ‘sponge-like’ implant that can trap cancer…

Aspirin ‘could help immune system fight cancer’

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute have made a discovery that they say could boost the power of immunotherapy treatments,…

The symptoms of pancreatic cancer are usually ignored. Here is what you should know

The pancreas is a leaf-shaped gland about 10 centimetres long situated just under the stomach. It produces digestive juices in…

27 Aug 2015

Should you take aspirin to keep cancer away? For a small few the answer is yes

For several years it has been thought that aspirin might be a powerful way of reducing our risk of cancer,…

26 Aug 2015

Moderate drinking does increase breast cancer risk — but the headlines have skewed the story

Having just one drink a day significantly increases the risk of breast cancer, a major study has found. The study,…

20 Aug 2015

Early diagnosis of ovarian cancer is crucial. So this is what you should know

Ovarian cancer affects about 7,000 women in the UK each year. When it is detected early – that is when…

13 Aug 2015

Cancer survival in England is ‘lagging behind’ in the west

According to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer, England has one of the lowest cancer survival rates…

Breast cancer may be spotted years earlier thanks to discovery of biomarker

Researchers from Imperial College London have found a breast cancer biomarker in blood. This opens up the possibility of a…

Prostate cancer isn’t one disease, it’s five

After suicide and heart disease, prostate cancer is one of the most common causes of death for men in Britain.…

Could antibiotics help to reduce the risk of stomach cancer?

Gastric cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death worldwide. But according to new analysis published by The…

Britain has a problem with bowel cancer ― this is what we can do about it

Spotting bowel cancer at an early — and curable — stage remains a problem within Britain. In the Netherlands they…

24 Jul 2015

Medical researchers lobby for the right to share your data

Over 60 organisations are calling for the European Parliament to relax its data protection laws and allow medical researchers to…

‘Health guidelines’ are about forcing a change in the law, not changing behaviour

According to the Daily Mail, the NHS intends to ‘slash safe drinking limits’. The article is light on evidence, but…

29 Jun 2015

Early signs of lung cancer: why the NHS advice to patients isn’t good enough

The number of people dying from lung cancer in the UK is woefully high. Compare us with Sweden, where twice…

23 Jun 2015

Matt Ridley talks to Hon Lik, inventor of the e-cigarette

Matt Ridley speaks to Hon Lik, the man who has allowed more than a million smokers in Britain to quit…

18 Jun 2015

Number of children exposed to second-hand smoke falls, but was it really dangerous anyway?

There’s more good news for the anti-smoking lobby today. Data published in the scientific journal Addiction reveals that children are being exposed…

Big Tobacco and the smugglers: do you believe this conspiracy theory?

In an information sheet on its website, the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association draws a link between the illegal cigarette trade and prostitution,…

Dying Without Dignity: a report on end-of-life care that shames the NHS

The name says it all. ‘Dying Without Dignity’ is the parliamentary health ombudsman’s report into over 300 complaints of the neglect of…

Are your tests up to date? New techniques such as endobronchial ultrasound are twice as readily available in France

Our lung cancer shame

General elections come and go — and pub bores bray about it not mattering who you vote for because the…

9 May 2015

‘Don’t Google this’, the doctor told me when I got my daughter’s test results

‘Don’t Google this’, the doctor ordered. The command – with its authoritarian tone; implied threat (if I did, I’d find out something…

5 May 2015

How a tetanus shot could help treat a deadly brain cancer

The history of cancer research is one of inevitable hype and dashed hope. Though most people have been primed to…

30 Mar 2015

Check up

  The new risks of reading in bed   Did you get an e-reader for Christmas? They have become some…

21 Feb 2015