Red-meat-free diet not proven to reduce overall bowel cancer risk

"Cutting out red meat significantly reduces people`s risk of bowel cancer, study finds," is the somewhat misleading headline from the Mail Online.

The news website was reporting on a new UK study that aimed to assess whether different diets are associated with cancers of the colon and rectum (bowel cancer)

Posted On April 03, 2018

Vitamin D may reduce the risk of some cancers

"Dose of sunshine exposure could cut the risk of cancer by a fifth," reports The Daily Telegraph.

Researchers in Japan looked at whether people with higher levels of vitamin D – the so-called "sunshine" vitamin – in their blood were less likely to be diagnosed with cancer.

They found overall cancer ris

Posted On March 08, 2018

Routine blood test for prostate cancer `doesn`t save lives`

"Screening for prostate cancer does not save lives, and may do more harm than good," reports the Daily Telegraph.

Research involving more than 400,000 men in the UK found those invited for screening were more likely to have prostate cancer diagnosed but no less likely

Posted On March 07, 2018

Lab-grown mini tumours offer hope for personalised cancer treatment

"Mini tumours created to battle cancer," BBC News reports on a study in which scientists created lab-grown "mini tumours" to test responses to different treatments.

The research involved taking tumour samples (biopsies) from 71 people with advanced bowel or stomach cancer that had spread to other parts of their

Posted On February 23, 2018

Paternal genes may influence ovarian cancer risk

"Fathers may pass ovarian cancer risk to daughters," reports BBC News after research found a possible new cancer gene on the X chromosome.

It`s well known that mutations in the BRCA genes can increase the risk of breast cancer and ovarian

Posted On February 16, 2018

Ultra-processed foods linked to cancer

"Ultra-processed foods may be linked to cancer, says study," The Guardian reports.

The term ultra-processed has been taken from the recently introduced NOVA classification system, which classifies foods based on the nature, extent and purpose of food processing.

These are defined as foods where complex

Posted On February 15, 2018

Does drinking very hot tea cause oesophageal cancer?

"Hot tea linked to deadly cancer in smokers and drinkers," The Daily Telegraph reports.

Researchers found daily tea drinkers in China who also drank 15g of alcohol (almost 2 units) a day and were smokers were more likely to get cancer of the oesophagus (the long

Posted On February 06, 2018

Vaping damages DNA in mice, which `may increase cancer risk`

"Vaping causes cancer, new study warns," is the alarming – yet incorrect – headline from the Mail Online.

Researchers in the US found that cells of mice exposed to e-cigarette vapour for 3 hours a day showed signs of DNA damage, and impaired ability to repair that damage, in comparison with mice that weren`t exp

Posted On January 31, 2018

One in three women don`t attend cervical screening because of `embarrassment`

"Embarrassment makes women avoid smear tests, charity says," reports BBC News. This follows a survey by the charity Jo`s Cervical Cancer Trust of more than 2,000 women in the UK, half of whom either delayed or didn`t attend screening.

More than 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year in the

Posted On January 22, 2018

Hopes raised for a blood test that may help spot 8 common cancers

"Blood test could use DNA to spot eight of the most common cancers, study shows," The Guardian reports.

The test, called the CancerSEEK blood test, was developed to spot cases of cancer early on, by looking at markers in the blood such as proteins and fragments of DNA from tumours.

Researchers carried

Posted On January 22, 2018

Screening for breast cancer genes `is cost-effective`

"Testing all women for the `Angelina Jolie gene`, even if not considered at risk, would prevent cancers, save lives and is cost-effective, say doctors," BBC News reports.

The actress Angelina Jolie helped raise awareness

Posted On January 19, 2018

Processed meats like bacon may increase breast cancer risk

"Eating bacon, sausages and other processed meats increases breast cancer risk in older women," reports The Sun. A large-scale study found processed meat – but not unprocessed red meat – was linked to an increase in the risk of getting breast cancer after the menopause.

Posted On January 03, 2018