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Katie studied biochemistry at the University of Oxford, before joining a lab to investigate why the immune system can’t control HIV. She then worked in science communication for the MS Society and joined Cancer Research UK’s News and Content team in 2017, where she writes for the blog and news feed.

‘Universal fingerprint’ in cancer DNA points to potential blood test. But it’s not ready for patients

Category: Science blog December 5, 2018 4 comments

A ’10 minute cancer test’ is big news today. The science behind the headlines is exciting, but the test is a long way from being used to diagnose cancer.

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News digest – cancer survival, cervical screening, immunotherapy on the NHS and US targeted drug approval

Category: Science blog December 1, 2018 0 comments

In the news this week: cancer survival in England is still lagging behind the best and a second immunotherapy drug is made available for advanced skin cancer on the NHS.

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News digest – NHS staff shortages, cervical screening error, HPV jab catch-up and ‘fat-clogged’ cells

Category: Science blog November 17, 2018 2 comments

In the news this week: NHS staff shortages could reach 350,000 by 2030 and an error meant almost 50,000 women weren’t sent cervical screening letters.

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Science Surgery: ‘Why do never-smokers get lung cancer?’

Category: Science blog November 16, 2018 8 comments

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Science Surgery

We don’t always know why never-smokers develop lung cancer, but the data suggests that genetics play a role, as well as environmental or occupational exposures.

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News digest – ‘No-deal’ Brexit predictions, nurse shortages and a ‘surprising’ DNA discovery

Category: Science blog October 20, 2018 1 comment

In the news this week: drug approvals could be delayed by a ‘no-deal’ Brexit and scientists investigating DNA faults have uncovered some surprising results.

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Science Surgery: ‘How quickly do tumours develop?’

Category: Science blog October 18, 2018 0 comments

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series Science Surgery

The time it takes for cancer to develop will vary from tumour to tumour. But, on the whole, it’s slower than you might expect, as this science surgery post explains.

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Nobel Prize 2018: how the winning chemistry technique helped generate new cancer treatments

Category: Science blog October 17, 2018 1 comment

Professor George Smith and Professor Sir Gregory Winter won a Nobel Prize for a developing a technique that can help scientists discover new cancer drugs.

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News digest – Nobel Prize winners, personalised immunotherapy on NHS, Australian cervical cancer rates and Theresa May’s cancer plans

Category: Science blog October 6, 2018 0 comments

In the news this week: Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded to scientists who laid the groundwork for cancer immunotherapy.

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How we estimated when obesity might catch smoking as the top cause of cancer

Category: Science blog September 24, 2018 11 comments

New figures suggest that obesity could top smoking as the biggest preventable cause of cancer in women by 2043. Here’s how we calculated them.

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News digest – global cancer rates rising, vaping figures, crowdfunding for cancer treatments and BRCA1 gene sleuthing

Category: Science blog September 15, 2018 0 comments

In the news this week: New global cancer figures revealed and a study sheds new light on which faults in the BRCA1 gene could increase cancer risk.

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