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Michael studied biochemistry at the University of Glasgow, before completing a PhD at Queen Mary University of London where he investigated how cells communicate. After that he worked in a science press office and joined Cancer Research UK’s News and Multimedia team in 2016, where he writes for the blog and news feed.

News digest – PSA test, cutting calories, cervical cancer, and… do you know what increases cancer risk?

Category: Science blog March 10, 2018 7 comments

Using the PSA test for screening, and a plan to cut calories: check out the stories behind this week’s headlines.

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News digest – ‘mini tumours’, thyroid drugs, 100,000 Genomes Project, and… do superfoods prevent cancer?

Category: Science blog February 24, 2018 2 comments

‘Mini tumours’ to help guide treatment and NHS approval for three thyroid cancer drugs were in the news this week.

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News digest – cancer survival, breast cancer drug, cancer jab trials, and… vaping

Category: Science blog February 3, 2018 0 comments

Vaping as well as cancer survival stats were in the news this week. We take a look behind the headlines in our roundup.

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Headlines saying ‘vaping might cause cancer’ are wildly misleading

Category: Science blog January 30, 2018 40 comments

E-cigarettes are in the news again, but the headlines linking them to cancer don’t match the research.

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A routine blood test for cancer would be fantastic. Today’s news isn’t it

Category: Science blog January 19, 2018 35 comments

A cancer blood test is in the news today, but it’s too early to say if it will work. We take a look at what questions still need to be answered.

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How can CRISPR genome editing shape the future of cancer research?

Category: Science blog January 12, 2018 3 comments

CRISPR genome editing has received lots of attention and hype, so we took a look at what it really means for the future of cancer research.

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Scientists are combining drugs and radiotherapy, hunting for better results

Category: Science blog January 8, 2018 1 comment

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Radiotherapy

By combining radiotherapy with different kinds of drugs, scientists hope that both can be made more effective.

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News digest – diagnosis delays, cervical cancer deaths, ‘what is cancer?’, and… mobile phones?

Category: Science blog December 23, 2017 0 comments

Our top stories this week include evidence of delays to cancer diagnosis, as well as the most googled health question of the year.

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News digest – diabetes, junk food ads, HPV vaccine, and… cancer drug treats HIV?

Category: Science blog December 2, 2017 0 comments

This week saw diabetes and extra weight linked to cancer, as well as a case of a man whose HIV was brought under control by a lung cancer drug.

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News digest – breast cancer drugs, alcohol pricing, ‘indulgent grandparents’, and… coffee (again)?

Category: Science blog November 18, 2017 2 comments

This week saw two breast cancer drugs approved in England, and Scotland winning the right to set a minimum price for units of alcohol.

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