Category Archives: Cancer

More than 11 moles on an arm may be ‘sign of skin cancer risk’

“More than 11 moles on right arm ‘could indicate greater skin cancer risk’,” The Guardian reports.  A new study found that people with 11 or more moles on their arm were likely to have over 100 moles on their body – a … Continue reading

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Blood test could help improve prostate cancer outcomes

“A blood test can determine whether prostate cancer patients are likely to respond to drugs,” BBC News reports. The test assesses whether men with prostate cancer have a good chance, or not, of responding well to a drug called abiraterone – a hormonal … Continue reading

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Green light given to treatment for advanced prostate cancer in Scotland

A TREATMENT for men with advanced prostate cancer has been approved for use on the NHS in Scotland. An expert at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, Professor Rob Jones has welcomed the decision to offer suitable men the … Continue reading

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Fast-tracked skin cancer drug pembrolizumab gets approval

A new drug for advanced skin cancer should be made available on the NHS in England, experts recommend. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says pembrolizumab is cost-effective to use in patients who have already tried and not … Continue reading

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7 Surprising Ways Your Chronic Disease Benefits You

When diagnosed with a chronic disease your life isn’t like that of the healthy people in your life. Your body doesn’t always cooperate — no matter how much healthy food, loving intentions and self-care you give it. Life seems to … Continue reading

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Trial of new ‘resistance-busting’ skin cancer drug begins

Trial of new ‘resistance-busting’ skin cancer drug begins as first patient receives treatment A patient has become the first to receive a new ‘resistance-busting’ experimental skin cancer drug with the launch of a phase I clinical trial. The patient has … Continue reading

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Does body weight affect cancer risk?

There has been a lot of reporting on the news recently regarding cancer and obesity “One in five cancer deaths is caused by obesity, which could eventually replace smoking as the leading cause of the disease, doctors say.  The warning … Continue reading

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2010 to 2015 government policy: cancer research and treatment

Every year, over 250,000 people in England are diagnosed with cancer, and around 130,000 die as a result of the disease. Annual NHS costs for cancer services are £5 billion, but the cost to society as a whole – including … Continue reading

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Britain’s Health Research and Development Dilemma

We are known as the most generous nation in the world, but have you ever wondered why?   There are over 160,000 charities in the UK, also the largest concentration in the world. I believe that the generosity of the British … Continue reading

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The relationship between psychosocial risk factors and health outcomes of chronic diseases: a review of the evidence for cancer and cardiovascular diseases (2015)

This is quite a scary report, but very interesting and well worth a read. (neil f) This report summarizes the best available evidence for a link between psychosocial ( psychological development in, and interaction with, a social environment) factors and … Continue reading

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