Oncology

January declared Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January 2010 has been declared Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in the US in a bid to raise awareness of the disease and its causes.

Awareness campaigns 'can limit cervical cancer losses'

Cervical cancer awareness campaigns can make a significant difference to the death rate associated with the disease, it has been claimed. Robert Music, director of UK-based cervical cancer charity Jo's Trust, noted that the illness kills 1,000 women a year in the UK alone, despite being largely...

Scientists make cancer gene mapping breakthrough

UK scientists have made a discovery which they say will help unlock the entire genetic code of both skin and lung cancer. Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge managed to collect the thousands of pieces of damage in DNA which turns normal cells into lung or skin cancer,...

IAEA affirms commitment to cancer prevention in Africa

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has vowed to continue its commitment to cancer prevention in Africa. IAEA director general Yukiya Amano confirmed during a trip to Nigeria that the agency would "intensify" its cooperation on cancer avoidance and care issues...

Cancer survivors 'should avoid excessive alcohol consumption'

Drinking regularly may increase the likelihood of breast cancer re-occurrence, it has been suggested. According to a health study by Kaiser Permanente, former patients who drink three or four alcoholic drinks a week are 30 per cent more likely to re-develop the disease.

Earlier cancer diagnoses 'can save lives'

Late diagnosis of cancer is costing up to ten thousand lives each year, one health expert has claimed. Writing in a forthcoming edition of the British Journal of Cancer, Professor Mike Richards asserts that failure to detect the illness in its early stages is responsible for an "unacceptable...

Cervical screening 'vitally important' to women

It is vitally important that all women go for smear tests, according to one heath expert. Robert Music, director of the UK-based Jo's Trust, described screening as "a really important preventative tool"...

Lifestyle 'can increase cancer risks'

Leading a healthier lifestyle could help prevent cancer, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has claimed. Figures from the charity show that about 78,700 cases of 12 common cancers could be prevented. This includes 16,100 cases of bowel and 19,100 cases of breast cancer.

Lifestyle changes 'can limit cancer risks'

People can reduce their risk of suffering from cancer by making a number of simple lifestyle changes, it has been suggested. According to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), many thousands of cases could be prevented if health guidance is followed. The organisation urges people to avoid becoming...

Radiation therapy 'could improve cervical cancer treatment'

Highly-targeted radiation therapy can improve survival rates and reduce treatment-related complications among cervical cancer patients, it has been reported. According to a study conducted at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, US, the technique - called intensity-modulated...