Newer types of hormonal contraceptive may still carry small breast cancer risk

"All forms of hormonal contraception carry breast cancer risk, study finds," The Guardian reports.

The link between older versions of the oral contraceptive ("the pill") and breast cancer has long been recognised, as this type of oral contraceptive relies on the hormone

Posted On December 07, 2017

Can keeping your teeth clean protect against oesophageal cancer?

"Why brushing your teeth could reduce your risk of throat cancer by more than one-fifth, study finds," the Mail Online reports. Researchers found that the quantity of one species of bacteria in the mouth could predict the chances of people developing oesophageal cancer (not throat cancer, as the Mail reports).

Posted On December 06, 2017

One in 20 cancers linked to diabetes and being overweight

“Obesity and diabetes cause around 800,000 cancers a year,” reports the Mail Online. Researchers found more than 5% of cancers worldwide were caused by being overweight (having a body mass index – BMI – above 25) or having diabetes.

The link between being overweight and some cancers has been known for yea

Posted On November 29, 2017

Some cancer patients may be at risk of PTSD

BBC News reports that "a fifth of cancer patients experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)".

This was based on a study of more than 400 people with cancer (any type) assessed at a single Malaysian hospital.

Around half of these 400 people experienced significant anxiety or depression symptoms

Posted On November 20, 2017

Women who have received HPV vaccine may require fewer cervical screening tests

“HPV vaccinated women `will only need three smear tests`,” BBC News reports. This follows a new UK study that aimed to determine how often women who had been vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) should have cervical screening.

Posted On November 10, 2017

IUD contraception linked to lower cervical cancer risk

"IUDs [intrauterine contraceptive devices] may cut the risk of cervical cancer by a third," reports The Guardian. This was the finding of research combining the results of studies, mainly from developing countries, that investigated the risk of cervical cancer in women using

Posted On November 09, 2017

Cancer treatment response may be affected by gut bacteria

"Gut bacteria `boost` cancer therapy," BBC News reports.

The news comes from research into whether people with cancer might respond differently to cancer treatment depending on the bacteria in their gut.

Researchers specifically looked at a type of cancer treatment called immunotherapy.


Posted On November 03, 2017

Acid reflux drugs linked to increased stomach cancer risk

"A drug commonly used to treat acid reflux is linked to a more than doubled risk of developing stomach cancer," reports The Guardian.

Researchers wanted to investigate whether there`s a link between medicines known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and stomach cancer.

Posted On November 01, 2017

New genetic variants associated with breast cancer identified

"Do you have one of the 180 breast cancer genes? One in five women has a variant that raises her risk of the condition by a third" is the rather inaccurate headline in the Mail Online.

The story covers 2 new studies looking for genetic variations known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs).


Posted On October 25, 2017

Men who perform oral sex on women `more at risk of mouth and throat cancers`

“Men who have performed oral sex on five or more women are at greater risk of developing head and neck cancer, especially if they smoke,” the Evening Standard reports.

This story is based on a US study that looked at 9,425 people aged 20 to 59 who provided information about their number of oral sex partners and

Posted On October 20, 2017

Many new cancer drugs show `no clear benefit`, argues review

"Over half of new cancer drugs `show no benefits` for survival or wellbeing," The Guardian reports. That was the finding of a study looking at the evidence supporting new cancer drugs approved between 2009 and 2013 by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

The study found only half of drug approvals had clear evidence

Posted On October 05, 2017

High-precision radiotherapy for prostate cancer `shows promise`

"Targeted radiotherapy `cures` prostate cancer that kills thousands," reports The Times. The news is based on a UK study of the use of high-precision radiotherapy to treat men with advanced localised prostate cancer.

Researchers wanted to see if they could safely target cancer cells that had spread outside

Posted On September 26, 2017