One in three of us will be diagnosed with cancer during our life.The disease tends to affect older people - but can strike at any time.Excluding certain skin cancers, there were more than 270,000 new cases of the disease in 2001 - and the rate is increasing by about 1% a year.Some cancer, such as breast, are becoming more common, while new cases of lung cancer fall away due to the drop in the num Read More »
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Patients are being denied a life-saving X-ray treatment because of the way NHS funding works, the UK's most senior radiologist has said.Interventional radiology (IR) can be used in a range of procedures from "cooking" cancerous tumours to stemming blood loss in women after childbirth.But the head of the Royal College of Radiologists says many hospitals are unable to offer an adequate service.Prof Read More »
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The government is set to unveil ambitious new plans for "Memory Clinics" to spot and treat dementia.The clinics will be set up in every English town and doctors will get extra training to recognise early signs, the health secretary is expected to say.The government's five-year dementia strategy for England is in response to rising numbers of dementia sufferers.The condition affects some 700,000 p Read More »
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"Dementia isn't when you can't find your care keys. We all do that."It's when you're standing at the door with your keys in your hand and you don't know what they are there for."The idea that mental faculties can deteriorate with age has been recognised for centuries.Some researchers even believe that Shakespeare's King Lear was a study of dementia.But experts say the condition is the health and Read More »
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Measuring levels of a hormone midway through pregnancy may predict a woman's risk of postnatal depression, say US researchers.In a study of 100 women, levels of the pCRH hormone at 25 weeks helped predict three-quarters of those who developed the "baby blues".The researchers said, if proven in larger studies, the test could be used routinely to screen for depression.The findings are published in Read More »
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A woman with multiple sclerosis who lost her High Court case to clarify the law on assisted suicide is set to appeal against the decision.Debbie Purdy, 45, from Bradford, is considering going to a Swiss clinic to end her life, but fears her husband may be charged on his return to the UK.She wants a guarantee that her husband, Omar Puente, will not be prosecuted.Ms Purdy, was diagnosed with primar Read More »
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Six male cancer patients have been told they can claim damages after a hospital freezer broke down and destroyed their frozen sperm.Five said they had psychiatric problems after the freezer tank at Bristol's Southmead Hospital malfunctioned.On Wednesday the Court of Appeal ruled the samples, given after the patients were warned chemotherapy could make them infertile, belonged to the men.The judge Read More »
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The current generation of children faces a far higher risk of cancer later in life due to their unhealthy habits, a specialist has warned.Professor Kathy Pritchard-Jones said western countries should prepare for an "explosion" of weight-related cancers.The president of the European Society for Paediatric Oncology said governments should act now.An estimated 300 million adults worldwide are curren Read More »
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