Obesity now leading cause of four cancers

Cancer Research UK has released new findings showing that carrying excess weight causes more cases of kidney, bowel, ovarian and liver cancer than smoking. Almost a third of UK adults are obese and these people now outnumber those who smoke two to one. Being overweight or obese is now the leading cause of these four […]

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Active smoking shortens overall survival in metastatic kidney cancer patients treated with TKIs

We already know that smoking may increase the risk of developing renal cell carcinoma (RCC). This study looks at the effect of smoking on the survival of nearly 2,000 patients with metastatic RCC (mRCC) treated with targeted therapies. The results show that former smokers and non-smokers had comparable overall survival (23.8 vs. 23.4 months), but […]

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Nearly 40% of cancer deaths could be prevented by lifestyle changes

An article in The Daily Mail reports on research that suggests nearly 40% of cancer deaths (nearly 3.1 million people) could be prevented by making changes to lifestyle.  The study was published in the International Journal of Cancer last week. Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) Berghofer in Australia suggest that unhealthy eating, […]

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Smoking after diagnosis with renal cell carcinoma may lead to worse cancer-specific survival

Smoking is a known risk factor for the development of renal cell carcinoma (RCC), and has been proven in a number of studies, such as the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, a prospective study including almost 1,500 people published in 2005, and data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program database […]

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NHS plans to prohibit surgery for smokers and the obese provoke fury

A report in The Telegraph describes NHS plans to prohibit patients from non-urgent surgery unless they lose weight or stop smoking. The plans have been drawn up by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Hertfordshire, who have said that obese patients “will not get non-urgent surgery until they reduce their weight” unless the circumstances are exceptional. Smokers will […]

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World Kidney Cancer Day raises awareness of the five key signs of kidney cancer

This article in the Express highlights the 5 key signs of kidney cancer: Blood in urine – if pee is darker than usually or reddish in colour it could be a sign of the disease Pain in the back or side – which occurs just below the ribs could be an indicator Finding a lump […]

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Results of NHS England’s 2015 health survey

The results of NHS England’s 2015 ‘Health Survey for England’ were published this week, indicating that obesity remains a public health problem.  Levels of obesity have plateaued since 2010, although they are still much higher than first reported in 1993. The population of adults that are obese is now 27%, compared to 15% in 1993. However, there was […]

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DNA study shows devastating damage caused by smoking

An article in The Guardian reports on a major investigation into root causes of cancer, and reveals how tobacco smoke mutates DNA and gives rise to more than a dozen types of tumour. This is the first comprehensive study into the effects of smoking on human DNA.  The study, which was published in the journal Science […]

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