Popular prostate cancer videos on YouTube `inaccurate and biased`

"`Be wary` about prostate cancer YouTube videos, scientists warn," reports Sky News.

Researchers viewed the 150 first-listed videos on YouTube for prostate cancer screening and treatment, checking them against standard patient information quality criteria. They found that 77% had errors or bias either in the

Posted On November 28, 2018

Eating organic food linked with lower cancer risk

"Organic food lowers blood and breast cancer risk, study finds," the Mail Online reports.

The news website reports on a large study in France that questioned 69,000 people on their consumption of organic food, and then monitored them for 5 years to see how many developed cancer.

Organic food is grown

Posted On October 23, 2018

Are crowdfunding sites promoting quack treatments for cancer?

"Online fundraising websites are driving the use of alternative `quack` treatments for cancer, experts have warned," reports the Mail Online. The Independent warns: "Crowdfunding websites could be helping to fund pseudoscience and drive patients to `quack` alternative medicine practitioners peddling cancer cures which

Posted On September 13, 2018

HPV testing could be more accurate than smear tests for initial screening of cervical cancer

"Hundreds of women will be spared from cervical cancer every year when a new test replaces conventional screening," reports the Mail Online.

A study from Canada found that an initial test for human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes almost all cases of cervical cancer

Posted On July 04, 2018

New genetic variations identify men at higher risk of prostate cancer

"Prostate cancer spit test is trialled," reports BBC Online. They say that this test looks at men`s DNA to see if they have "high-risk [prostate cancer] genes that are thought to affect 1 in every 100 men". The BBC reports that the test has started to be trialled in 3 London GP surgeries.

As yet, however, no

Posted On June 12, 2018

Breast cancer test `reduces need for chemotherapy`

"Breast cancer: Test means fewer women will need chemotherapy," reports BBC News.

The news follows the publication of the trial of a test, routinely used in the NHS, for women with a type of early stage breast cancer, which works out the chances of breast cancer returning

Posted On June 04, 2018

Low-fat diet reduces risk of breast cancer death

"A low-fat diet full of fruits and vegetables could reduce risk of breast cancer death," the Mail Online reports.

This headline is based on a long-term follow-up of a US trial conducted in the 1990s, which included nearly 50,000 postmenopausal women.

The women were assigned to continue their usual diet

Posted On May 25, 2018

Child leukaemia linked to reduced exposure to germs

Why is leukaemia in the news?

"Childhood leukaemia is preventable and likely caused by keeping babies too clean, according to a landmark study," the Daily Mirror reports. This is somewhat of an oversimplification of a review that presented the hypothesis that the most common form of child leukaemia (acute lymphoblastic

Posted On May 22, 2018

HPV vaccine `safe and effective`, says review

"HPV vaccine for schoolgirls gets full marks," reports ITV News.

Almost all cases of cervical cancer, which usually takes many years to develop, are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV causes the cells in the cervix to slowly go through a series of pre-cancerous

Posted On May 09, 2018

Survey looks at common cancer myths

"Social media blamed for spread of cancer myths," is the headline in The Times. This was based on new research into what people in the UK believe about the causes of cancer.

The study found the 3 most common cancer myths are that cancer can be caused by: stress, eating foods containing additives, and exposure

Posted On April 27, 2018

Only 1 in 7 high-risk women take breast cancer prevention drug

"Nearly 90% of women at risk of breast cancer shun preventative drugs due to fear of side effects and `fate`," reports the Independent Online.

Current guidelines recommend that women thought to be at increased risk of developing breast cancer because they have a family history of the condition should be offered

Posted On April 24, 2018

Link between HPV infection and prostate cancer not established

"Lifesaving jab denied to millions of boys in Britain could slash the risk of prostate cancer," reports the Mail Online.

The headline comes from the findings of a review that summarised existing research on links between the human papilloma virus (HPV) and prostate cancer.

Despite the headlines, this

Posted On April 16, 2018