Oncology

Strawberries could 'protect against breast cancer'

Strawberries could offer some protection against breast cancer, according to a recent scientific study. Researchers have found that eating just 15 strawberries every day might help lower women's risk of developing aggressive forms of breast cancer. Equivalent to a punnet of strawberries a day,...

Women having unneeded mastectomies after genetic testing

Almost half of those who undergo double mastectomies after having genetic testing for the breast cancer gene don't actually have the gene mutations that point to a higher risk of developing the disease. Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have said that many doctors are not...

Chewing gum could help to detect breast cancer

A new cancer test has been developed that can easily show whether a person has cancerous tumours, including breast cancer. Volatile Analysis has developed a chewing gum that collects chemicals released into the saliva by cancerous tumours, allowing for quick analysis to show if any are present...

Scotland unlocks drug for breast cancer treatment

A drug that is used to treat an aggressive form of breast cancer is to be made available on NHS Scotland after being withdrawn in England due to the expense. The drug Kadcyla is used to treat cancer known as HER2, which is a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. It is also an expensive...

Link between air pollution and breast cancer discovered

Women living in areas that experience high levels of pollution could be at a higher risk of breast cancer, according to a new study. Research has suggested that increased exposure to soot particles could lead to denser breast tissue, which is one of the strongest risk factors linked to breast...

Common chemical could make breast cancer more aggressive

A common chemical found in many household items could result in cancer being harder to treat. Bisphenol S (BPS) is used as an alternative to bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic items and could cause breast cancer to become more aggressive. A new study has found that BPS disrupts the endocrine system by...

Breakthrough procedure could lead to natural pregnancy for cancer survivors

Female cancer patients who have undergone chemotherapy could be able to have a natural pregnancy due to a new procedure. The New York Post reports that plans for a groundbreaking procedure that could be beneficial for millions of women have been submitted to the New York Health Department for...

BRCA testing for those without breast or ovarian cancers rises

More women are requesting BRCA gene testing associated with certain types of cancer thanks to increased interest in the procedure, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, US. The researchers said that women tested for mutations in the cancer-...

Women who took contraceptive pill ‘protected from some cancers’

Women who have taken the contraceptive pill are protected from some forms of cancer for up to 30 years, according to new research from the University of Aberdeen, UK. The research found women who have ever used the pill are less likely to have colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer or ovarian cancer...

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

This March will see women around the UK celebrate Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The campaign has already seen MPs, celebrities, health professionals and women who have been affected by cancer get together at the House of Commons. According to the charity Target Ovarian Cancer, a woman who is...