Scientists find new way to combat drug resistance in skin cancer

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:05

Rapid resistance to vemurafenib – a treatment for a type of advanced melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer – could be prevented by blocking a druggable family of proteins, according to research published in Nature Communications.

Scientists at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, based at the University of Manchester, have revealed the MLK family of four enzymes ‘undoes’ the tumour-shrinking effects of...

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Charity Golf Challenge to support male cancer patients

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 08:30

The University of Dundee’s Institute of Sport & Exercise (ISE) will next month hold its annual Charity Golf Challenge.

Teams are invited to enter the event on Monday, 2nd June and help support men with cancer during and after their diagnosis. As a result of last year’s Charity Golf Challenge, ISE has been able to provide male patients with access to a cancer exercise rehab package through the Move More Dundee ...

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CR-UK plans to make Britain ‘go-to place’ for cancer research - THE

Wed, 05/14/2014 - 13:30

Cancer Research UK is building on ‘monumental progress’ in treating the disease with more funding for researchers, writes Times Higher Education.

The launch of the charity’s new five-year research strategy signalled a spending boost for cancer research in the UK. Speaking at the launch, the charity’s chief executive, Harpal Kumar, said: “Our hope is that we will be able to increase our spend on research by at least 50 per cent over the next five to 10 years.”

The charity now spends...

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Eczema may offer clues to skin cancer prevention

Tue, 05/13/2014 - 11:15

The way the immune system reacts to eczema could offer protection against skin cancer, new research suggests.

Scientists at King's College London found the immune response triggered by the skin condition reduced the number of tumours in mice by causing cancerous cells to be shed from the skin, rather than developing into tumours.

Dr Emma Smith, senior science communications officer at Cancer Research UK – which part-funded the study – cautioned that the research was still in its early stages, and more work will be needed to...

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70 per cent take part in bowel screening but not enough do it regularly

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 09:35

New research shows that 70 per cent of people send back at least one bowel screening test kit, according to a study published in the journal Gut.

But only around 40 per cent return kits consistently, which is needed to maximise the chances of detecting bowel cancer.

The study also highlights that that those from more deprived backgrounds were less likely to take part in bowel cancer screening than those from affluent backgrounds.

Scientists from the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre at University College London (UCL) looked at data from over 60,000 people in Southern England aged...

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