The BBC’s Newsnight programme ran a special investigation into cancer on Monday 6th April. Here’s a short segment entitled “Cancer: Does science have the answer?” featuring Cancer Research UK-funded scientists Paul Pharoah and Paul Workman, along with our Chief Clinician Peter Johnson.
The Newsnight team have also put together a report assessing cancer care in the UK compared to France. Although there are delays in the UK system, things are improving. There’s a longer article covering the story on the BBC website.
The programme also carried out a poll of more than a thousand UK adults, finding that although 6 out of ten people thought that the government had provided clear information about how to reduce the risk of cancer, only 3 out of ten people had acted on it.
As Sara Hiom, our director of Health Information says, “Our lifestyles can have a serious impact on our risk of many cancers, so we’d hope to see more people willing to make appropriate lifestyle changes.” When it comes to beating cancer, prevention has to go hand in hand with new treatments and early detection.
Cervical cancer and the “Jade Goody effect”
Cervical cancer has been prominent in the news this month. For a start, it’s been hard to avoid stories about Jade Goody. Whether you loved her or loathed her, her death from cervical cancer at a tragically young age has done much to raise awareness of the disease, symptoms and screening.
Over at NHS Blog Doctor, Dr Crippen has an interesting analysis of the lessons to be learnt from Jade’s story, and some of the issues surrounding cervical screening.
Still on the subject of screening, Dr Len discusses more of the issues surrounding this complex subject on his American Cancer Society blog. Although geared towards the US healthcare system, he still makes some valid and insightful points.
And back in the UK, the University of Oxford Science blog has an informative interview on cancer screening with Jane Green, from the University’s Cancer Epidemiology Unit.
Mushrooms to magnets
The NHS Choices bloggers have been a busy bunch this month, discovering whether oily fish can help men to survive prostate cancer, and whether a daily helping of mushrooms (washed down with a cup of green tea) can protect women from breast cancer.
They also have a discussion of the results of the Eurocare-4 study, which suggested that “cancer survival rates in Britain [are] among the worst in Europe”, according to some reports. We’ve got a brief discussion of Eurocare from 2007 on the Behind the Headlines section of our website.
In March we put out a press release about a paper published by Dr Simon Woodcock and his team at our Paterson Institute for Cancer Research . They’ve been looking at Tiam-1, a protein that acts like a “cancer magnet”. This research was comprehensively covered on NHS Choices blog.
And the rest
The monthly Cancer Research Blog Carnivals for March and April are up on Bayblab, rounding up some interesting posts from around the web. For example, find out whether a high-fat diet can affect the spread of cancer, and read one woman’s story of coping with breast cancer.
Risk is another hot topic that has been in the news over the past month, – we blogged about the risks of eating a diet high in red and processed meat. Here are a couple of handy online guides to risks and statistics, to help you find out exactly how hazardous that bacon sandwich actually is.
- Understanding Uncertainty – 2845 ways to spin the risk
- BBC online – How to understand risk in 13 clicks
And finally, Cancer Research UK has committed to investing more in research into surgery, as part of our five-year strategy. Clare Sansom has written an article on the e-cancer Medical Science blog, looking at the role of this common but under-appreciated cancer treatment.
If you’ve found any interesting cancer-related blogs or stories on the web, please let us know in the comments below.
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