Scottish Cancer Prevention Network Newsletter - latest issue

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:35

Scottish Cancer Prevention Network published their latest newsletter. In this issue:
• Skin Cancer: Getting the message over with power
• New help for Scottish cancer patients
E cigarettes: the benefits and harms
• Top medical journals report successful
• weight loss studies in men in Scotland
• Comprehensive review of ovarian cancer highlights obesity as a risk factor
• Spring recipes
and more

The newsletter is available to download from the SCPN...

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Study paves way for tailored bowel cancer prevention with aspirin

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:25

US researchers are a step closer to identifying who may benefit most from taking aspirin to prevent bowel cancer.

Previous studies have shown that taking aspirin daily could help prevent the disease, but the drug’s side effects have caused concern over prescribing it widely, as has uncertainty over the optimum dose.

Now a team of researchers, including experts from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, have found a molecule in the bowel lining whose levels...

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Skin cancer rates in Scotland 'soar' since 1970s

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:15

The advent of the package holiday and the fashion for tans has seen skin cancer rates soar in Scotland since the 1970s, according to Cancer Research UK.  

The charity said about 18 people in every 100,000 in Scotland were diagnosed with malignant melanoma annually, reports BBC. In the 1970s, the figure was only about four in every 100,000 people.

Malignant melanoma is now the fifth most common cancer in Scotland. On average 1,200 people are now developing the most serious form of skin cancer every year - compared with about 190...

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Prostate cancer tests miss severity in half of cases

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:05

Prostate cancer tests, which predict how aggressive a tumour is, underestimate disease severity in half of cases, scientists say.

BBC reports that in the study of 847 men with prostate cancer, 209 out of the 415 who were initially told their cancer was slow-growing were found to have a more aggressive form of the disease. And for almost a third of the 415 men, it had spread beyond the prostate.

Scientists are calling for better tests to define the nature of the cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK. There are 41,700 new cases diagnosed and 10,800 deaths each year.


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World-first clinical trial launches for advanced bowel cancer

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:55

Patients with advanced bowel cancer are set to benefit from the launch of a revolutionary new clinical trial targeting treatments to their specific cancer type as well as rapidly adapting to include new drugs and new biomarkers as they become available, says Cancer research UK.

The first trial of its kind in solid tumours, FOCUS4 will divide around 2,400 patients into different, smaller groups depending on specific biomarkers found in their tumour. These biomarkers will then be used...

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