Cancer

Study hints at power of gut bacteria to protect against cancer

Several studies have suggested that bacteria in the gut could be used to reduce the risk of certain types of…

Could being married increase the life expectancy of cancer patients?

A new peer-reviewed study published in the journal CANCER has revealed a link between marital status and the life expectancy…

‘Ginger gene’ raises your melanoma risk even if you keep out of the sun

Carriers of the ‘ginger gene’ are more susceptible to melanoma, according to new research. And, although red hair and freckles…

‘Vegetarian gene’ raises the risk of cancer and heart disease

Populations that have eaten a vegetarian diet over several generations have an increased risk of heart disease and cancer, according…

Immunotherapy: your guide to the new powerful weapon against cancer

Immunotherapy has been heralded as a lasting cure for cancer. What exactly is it — and does it really have…

Does a high-carb diet raise your risk of lung cancer?

A high-carb diet may raise your risk of lung cancer, according to a study carried out by the University of…

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…

Robust evidence is in: a regular aspirin will reduce your risk of bowel cancer

Taking a quarter of an aspirin tablet a day could reduce bowel cancer risk by a fifth, according to a…

‘Holy grail’ of cancer treatment on the horizon as research reveals tumour weak spot

Researchers have discovered a unique marker present in every tumour that could revolutionise the way cancer is treated. The marker,…

Stress ‘may build a faster transport network for cancer cells’

Research published in the journal Nature Communications suggests a mechanism by which stress can facilitate the spread of cancer. The…

Catching prostate cancer early is crucial. Here is what you should know

Prostate cancer is the most common form of male cancer and the fourth cause of cancer deaths in the UK.…

Controlling cancer ‘may be more effective than trying to kill it’

Frequent, low-dose chemotherapy may be more effective than treatment that aims to eradicate cancer cells completely, according to a study…

Improving public health is a crusade to persuade

In a multi-platform world with global influences, doctors must look beyond the old standbys to spark a change in behaviour

The ups and downs of being tall: more chance of cancer, less risk of heart disease

Height has a significant impact on the likelihood of dying from certain common diseases, according to research published in The…

A common painkiller has a side effect — it seems to fight cancer too

Diclofenac, a common anti-inflammatory painkiller, has ‘significant’ anti-cancer properties, according to research published in the journal ecancermedicalscience. The investigation into…

Spotting lung cancer early is crucial. Here’s what you should know

Britain tends to lag behind other European countries in terms of its cancer survival rates. A few years ago this…

Bad habits of ‘Western lifestyle’ blamed for rise of cancer in the developing world

Cancer is becoming more common in the developing world because of the proliferation of a ‘Western lifestyle’, according to a…

Cancer drugs still being assessed for the NHS ‘to be given to patients early’

England’s Cancer Drugs Fund, which pays for drugs the NHS deems unaffordable, is to be overhauled. Under new plans patients…