Cervical screening boost 'would save £10m'

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:40

As well as saving lives, the NHS could save £10 million every year if it were to increase the number of women who go for cervical screening, according to a report from think tank Demos.

The authors of the report called for the introduction of "on the spot" smear tests so women can be offered a screening during another appointment to overcome the tendency of some women who "put off" their screening.

And there should be awareness campaigns targeting specific communities who are less likely to take up their screening invite.

Meanwhile celebrities or religious leaders should become...

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Ultrasound, bubbles and targeted cancer treatment

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:00

Dr Paul Prentice has been awarded the Sir Robin MacLellan Travel Award by the cancer charity Tenovus Scotland for his outstanding early-stage work to develop a new ultrasound technique for drug delivery.

Paul's research group in the Division of Imaging & Technology seeks to understand and control the phenomenon of cavitation, which is the formation of bubbles in a medium exposed to intense focused ultrasound. Cavitation can occur in water, where it is known to be responsible for a wide range of unexpected phenomena, such...

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Poorer people more likely to get and die from cancer

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:15

The poorer you are, the more likely you are to get and die from cancer, with more than 19,000 cancer deaths every year linked to lower levels of income according to new research.

There are more than 15,000 people diagnosed with cancer every year partly as a result of their economic deprivation.

The new report compiled by Cancer Research UK and Public Health England’s National Cancer Intelligence Network also reveals there has been virtually no improvement in narrowing the gap in the number of cases between the most and the least deprived people during the last 15 years.

In men the gap between cancer cases among the most and least affluent closed in just two...

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Anal cancer rates quadrupled since mid 70s

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:10

Anal cancer rates in the UK have increased by nearly 300 per cent over the last 40 years, according to new figures published by Cancer Research UK.

And the increase in cases has been dramatically higher in women (374 per cent) than in men (202 per cent) over this period, rising from 0.4 to 1.8 per 100,000 in females compared to 0.4 to 1.2 per 100,000 in males.

Experts believe the reason for the dramatic rise is likely to be caused by the increasing prevalence of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus that is usually transmitted through...

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Bowel Cancer UK calls for bowel cancer test rule change

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:05

A new report from Bowel Cancer UK says lives could be saved by relaxing the rules governing who GPs can refer for urgent bowel cancer tests.

The charity suggests there are also problems with waiting times, and with the quality of tests carried out when doctors have significant worries about bowel cancer.
The report - Diagnosing Bowel Cancer Early: Right Test, Right Time - found a third of patients sent for an endoscopy had seen a GP more than three times before being sent to a specialist. And almost half of them were found to have cancer, according to the...

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