Cancer

It’s about as common for someone who’s never smoked to start vaping as it is for them to start using nicotine patches or gum

E-cigarettes save lives

In the 1970s, a group of students in South Africa were planning a campaign against tobacco. I was one of…

Check up

  The new risks of reading in bed   Did you get an e-reader for Christmas? They have become some…

‘Smoking kills, nicotine doesn’t’: a huge boost for campaigners who say e-cigs save lives

Dr Derek Yach has done more than any man alive to eradicate smoking. A former professor of global health at…

No, cats did not smell your cancer

No, they bloody didn’t. They just didn’t. ‘Cats detected my cancer’, reads a headline on Mail Online. But, let’s face…

Finally! A health story about cancer that doesn’t resort to hyperbole

The lot of the snarky health-science debunker is not a happy one. It involves going to a lot of newspaper…

The ‘war’ on cancer is futile. Let’s stop fighting it

Have you ever wondered what illness you would prefer to die of? Cheerful of me, I know. But I’ve been…

BRCA yourself

Since the announcement by Angelina Jolie of her preventative breast cancer surgery last year, newspapers have been awash with further…

Cancer isn’t calling

I should preface this piece with a warning: I may be wrong. Perhaps, some day, greybeards will speak in dire…

Keep your hair on! Seven tips for doing so, past Movember

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Uterine transplantation is the final gynaecological frontier

The successful transplantation of a uterus represents the last major surgical goal in the field of reproductive gynaecology. This feat…

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…

For your genes only

It all started 30 years ago, deep in the Wasatch Mountains, a 40-minute drive along narrow, winding roads from Salt…

When death is a side effect

  ‘Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?’ ‘To the curious incident of…

Why the World Health Organisation’s fears about e-cigarettes are based on prejudice, not science

This is an extract from this week’s Spectator, available from Thursday. To subscribe, click here. I was waiting on an…

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,…

The insidious re-normalisation of smoking

The NHS has long since been smoke free, banning smoking on-site for patients and staff alike back when I was…

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…

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…