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A new £200 test could prevent huge numbers of women experiencing unnecessary chemotherapy by predicting whether their specific breast cancer could return post surgery.
Developed in Britain, the test will make use of technology widely used throughout NHS labs already, testing the recurrence chance of oestrogen positive (ER+) type breast cancer.
Currently, women diagnosed with ER+ type breast cancer will undergo surgery to remove the tumour before being treated with a hormone therapy in an attempt to combat remaining residual cancer. Hormone therapy also reduces the risk of recurrence.
Having assessed the tumour, …

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A study in Sweden has suggested that the mammogram programme in the UK could be causing women to receive unnecessary treatments for cancers that would otherwise have regressed without problem.
The study by the Nordic Cochrane Collaboration looked at the amount of cancers diagnosed in two groups of women. Of the women, aged from 40-69, some were screened two yearly whilst the others were screened six yearly.
It was expected that the number of cancers found would be similar over the two groups, however the finding showed that over 30% more tumours …

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A new study claims that obesity is the biggest avoidable cause of breast cancer.
The researchers, based at Oxford university, looked at the levels of hormones known to trigger breast cancer in women. They found that obesity had a much bigger influence on these hormones than very heavy smoking or alcohol consumption.
On average, obese women had testosterone levels 16% higher than those of normal weight and oestrogen levels at 50% higher. Furthermore, they found that smoking 15 cigarettes a day and drinking two and a half units of alcohol a day …

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Cancer rates have risen by a fifth over a generation according to new statistics.
The number of cases diagnosed in those aged 40-59 has risen from 44 000 in 1979 to 61 000 in 2008.  After confounding variables have been accounted for, this equates to an 18% rise.
The biggest increase has been in women who are now 25% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer, whilst the rise in men is only 6.7%
However, it is expected that the most common reason for such increases is better detection as oppose to more …

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 A damning report by the King’s Fund has revealed that the UK’s cancer survival rate is amongst the lowest in the Western world.
The UK has the lowest survival rates for bowel, breast and lung cancer out of six countries including Sweden, Canada and Australia.
The figures show that 53.6% of bowel cancer patients survived for at least five years after diagnosis, compared to 65.9% in Australia.
Furthermore, 88.5% of women in Sweden survived for at least five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, whereas in the UK only 81.6% survived for …