We spotted several excellent comment pieces in response to Ms Jolie’s news. She’d “done something extraordinary”, according to Hadley Freeman in the Guardian, a sentiment broadly echoed by Lisa Markwell in the Independent, who has had breast cancer herself.
The Guardian’s data blog took a look at the bigger picture of breast cancer worldwide.
We also published this moving article about a personal experience of being told you have the BRCA1 gene.
Experts – including Cancer Research UK’s Professor Diana Eccles – warned that demand for breast cancer gene tests could cause problems for the NHS.
Why do individual stories like Angelia Jolie’s always have a greater impact on attitudes and behaviours than cold, hard stats? This fascinating Scientific American article explores the power of the personal over the impersonal.
The science budget was also the focus of a letter to The Times, covered here by the Association of Medical Research Charities. Our CEO is a signatory.
Scientists identified four new genetic variants associated with an increased risk of testicular cancer. OnMedica have more detail.
This BBC article about NHS dental charges and “the hidden cost of mouth cancer” caught our eye.
The Health Research Authority – which aims to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health research – outlined its plans to ensure that clinical trial findings are published. Pharma Times have more detail, and the AMRC blog had a good take on it too.
A new drug for advanced prostate cancer, alpharadin became available in the US – we hope it will arrive on these shores in due course. Fierce Biotech looked at the announcement and the context.
People with skin cancer may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to research published on Wednesday. Of course, the results do not mean that people should stop taking measures to avoid skin cancer. The Alzheimer’s Society covered the research.
Plans to relax the smoking ban in Wales so actors can light up on film and TV sets have been dropped, say the BBC.
NHS Choices had a balanced take on headlines about redheads and skin cancer.
Monitoring lactate within tumours using high-tech scans could tell doctors whether or not cancer drugs are working, according to research at our imaging centre at The Institute of Cancer Research. More info here.