Oncology

Women ‘should continue to be screened for cervical cancer after 65’

A new study has found that women should continue to be screened for cervical cancer after the age of 65. The study, led by Dr Mary White, chief of the Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia, US,...

Thousands of cancers diagnosed in A&E after GPs miss signs

GPs across the UK are missing the signs of cancer, causing thousands of people to be diagnosed when they visit accident and emergency. New research from Cambridge University, University College London and Public Health England (PHE) has found that people are receiving A&E cancer diagnoses,...

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A drug that is used to treat an aggressive form of breast cancer is to be made available on NHS Scotland after being withdrawn in England due to the expense.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-...