Why a yearly health check might save your life

Many patients are familiar with the need to keep a regular — often annual — check on certain aspects of…

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…

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…

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…

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…

There is more to lung-cancer diagnosis than a chest X-ray

Chest x-rays have been around for 100 years and are still widely used in health care. According to the government’s…

To statin or not to statin: a new test could help decide

In the context of the ongoing and increasingly sterile debate about the pros and cons of statins to lower cholesterol,…

China’s public health crisis

During a recent visit to China I knew I was being watched. My family were also frequently photographed and videoed.…

How self-testing can help beat cervical cancer

Self-testing is now available to any individual wishing to rule out conditions such as diabetes, pregnancy and bowel cancer. Traditionally, however,…

Time for a new, patient-driven approach to cancer screening?

No screening test for cancer is 100 per cent accurate. While some individuals might benefit from having an early cancer…

Your finger nails could hold the answer to your health problems

Eighteen hundred years ago, Romano-Britons with a variety of medical conditions would have visited the healing temple at Lydney Park…

Let’s call time on the unpleasant ritual of vaginal examinations

An internal examination is an unpleasant and uncomfortable experience for many women. The process involves a doctor inserting two gloved…

The miracle supplement? Vitamin D helps you live longer — so take it

The traditional view of Vitamin D is that it is essential for bone health. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to…

H.Pylori is the deadliest thing you’ve never heard of — here’s why you should be screened for it

Most people won’t know about Helicobacter Pylori (H.Pylori), a common bacterial infection of the lining of the stomach. Yet it…