Macmillan warns of 'loneliness epidemic' for Scots cancer sufferers

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 17:10

Almost a third of Scots living with cancer suffer from loneliness – a higher proportion than anywhere else in the UK, reports STV citing new research.

A survey by Macmillan Cancer Support found that patients were more likely to be housebound, struggled to feed themselves and drank more on average.

The research also found that 31% of Scots with cancer felt lonelier since being diagnosed, compared to 21% in England and 16% in Wales.

The charity warned of a looming “loneliness epidemic” as the number of people with cancer is expected to double to 400,000 in the next 20 years...

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Simple test detects most bowel cancers

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:45

A simple test performed at home and sent away for analysis could help detect more cases of bowel cancer than the current UK screening programme, according to a US study.

Faecal immunochemical tests or FITs detected around four out of five bowel cancers and were also able to spot if people don’t have the disease in over nine out of 10 cases.

Scientists from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health...

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Cancer researchers show off their work at Dundee Science Centre

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 09:25

Visitors to Dundee Science Centre on Saturday (8 February) had an opportunity to explore fascinating developments and cutting-edge research carried out by Dundee Cancer Centre – a partnership between University of Dundee, NHS Tayside and Cancer Research UK.

Science in the City event offered amazing shows, interactive games and fun experiments for all the family, with the opportunity to question and learn direct with local leading experts in cutting-edge Cancer Research.

Photo gallery of the day at the Dundee...

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Cancer Research UK launches ‘spaceship’ smartphone game to seek cancer cures

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:30

Cancer Research UK today unveils Play to Cure: Genes in Space - a world-first mobile phone game in which people across the globe will be able to help scientists unravel gene data to find the answers to some of cancer’s toughest questions.

It is available to download now for free here for anyone with an Android or Apple Smartphone. When playing this fun and interactive spaceship game, people will simultaneously analyse Cancer Research UK’s gene data, highlighting genetic faults which can cause cancer – and ultimately help scientists develop new treatments.

Players must guide a fast-paced...

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Cancer 'tidal wave' on horizon, warns WHO

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 09:25

World Health Organization scientists are warning that the globe is facing a "tidal wave" of cancer, and restrictions on alcohol and sugar need to be considered, reports BBC.

WHO predicts the number of cancer cases will reach 24 million a year by 2035, but half could be prevented. It said there was now a "real need" to focus on cancer prevention by tackling smoking, obesity and drinking.

The World Cancer Research Fund said there was an "alarming" level of naivety about diet's role in cancer.

Fourteen million people a year are diagnosed with cancer, but that is predicted to increase to 19 million by 2025, 22 million by...

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