- A US-led initiative published a series of fascinating research papers reinforcing the idea that cancers should be classed not just by where they appear in the body but by the molecular changes they share. More in our news story, Nature and the Economist.
- We couldn’t help but notice this story in the Telegraph about research to harness shark antibodies to help tackle breast cancer. It’s obviously early days, but certainly interesting.
- The Mail Online and others reported a study that “marriage improves cancer survival”. NHS Choices has a more in-depth analysis. It’s unclear why the study found this, but it could be partly down to people helping to prompt their partners to go to the doctor early. Our take home message: married or not, people should go to the doctor as soon as they develop a symptom they are concerned about.
- The Mail Online also reported that a new form of injectable Herceptin is to be made available on the NHS. This is good news, as it could speed up treatment for women who need the drug. NHS England has more info.
- There were also several headlines about a new NHS-approved test that will help doctors better predict whether a woman’s breast cancer could return after surgery. This NHS Choices analysis is our pick of the bunch.
- Our research showed that glitzy and glamorous cigarette packaging makes children more likely to smoke. Here’s the Scotsman’s take on the research.
- Over at Science-Based Medicine, we liked this blog post by David Gorski about the potential under-use of chemotherapy in obese cancer patients.
- Another well-known science blogger, PZ Myers, wrote these excellent articles about oncogenes and tumour suppressors. Pirate hat optional.
- Our own blogger, Kat Arney, wrote for Al Jazeera about the tobacco industry’s role in smuggling.
- And the Guardian Data Blog explored UK smoking statistics.
- You may have seen reports this week about cancer-sniffing dogs – for example, this CBS News piece. We’ve written before about the science and the practicalities behind these kinds of reports.
- Congratulations to Cancer Research UK’s Dr Simon Boulton who on Monday won the 2013 Paul Marks Prize for cancer research. We wrote about Simon’s work on DNA damage here.
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