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Artificial intelligence will be used to help stop 22,000 cancer deaths a year by 2033, Theresa May will say in a speech setting out how science can transform health. Medical records, along with information about patients' habits and genetics, will be cross-referenced with national data to spot those at an…
The Government is "losing control of cancer care", with waiting times for treatment soaring over the past eight years, Labour has said. Research carried out by the party found that one patient waited 541 days for treatment following a GP referral in 2017 - against a target of 62 days.…
Prue Leith has shared her backing for assisted dying after watching her own brother endure a "very painful, miserable death". The Great British Bake Off judge has revealed she is supporting Guernsey's step towards legalising assisted dying when its parliament debates whether to allow terminally ill people to end their…
Women and their families caught up in the breast screening failure have demanded answers as to how hundreds of patients may have had their lives cut short. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched an independent review after he revealed a computer error dating back to 2009 meant many women aged…
A breast cancer screening error affecting 450,000 women may have led to hundreds of lives being cut short, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has revealed. Mr Hunt told the Commons that a "computer algorithm failure" dating back to 2009 had meant many women aged 68 to 71 were not invited to…
Chemotherapy for one of the deadliest forms of breast cancer can be personalised and improved with genetic testing, new research suggests. Women with aggressive "triple-negative" disease fare much better on a non-standard chemotherapy drug if they have inherited BRCA gene mutations, the results show. Currently most patients with this type…
Cancer researchers in the UK are to benefit from an app which crunches data while smartphone owners sleep. The DreamLab app, developed by the Vodafone Foundation, uses the collective power of a network of phones to analyse huge amounts of information in a much shorter space of time. The technology…
Specialist cancer nurses are being "run ragged", with high vacancy rates meaning patients may not be receiving the level of specialist care they need, a report has suggested. Macmillan Cancer Support said there is a "startlingly broad variation" in the number of specialist cancer nurses in some parts of England…
Large swathes of people have "mythical" beliefs when it comes to the causes of cancer, a new study suggests. Members of the public incorrectly identify stress, food additives, genetically modified foods and electromagnetic fields as causes of cancer. Meanwhile, people had poor awareness of a number of known cancer risk…
Only one in seven women who are at high risk of breast cancer are taking a preventative drug, a new study suggests. Researchers found that six in seven women with a family history of breast cancer opt out of taking tamoxifen as a preventative medication. In 2013, the National Institute…
‘Cancer Caring Coping’ is a new online resource created by cancer caregivers for cancer caregivers. It is based on research by Dr Olinda Santin from Queen’s University Belfast, who found that cancer caregivers have poorer health compared to caregivers of other chronic conditions. The project, led by Queen’s University Belfast…
Health officials have reversed a decision over whether a genetic test for breast cancer patients should be used by the NHS. The Oncotype DX test was provisionally rejected for use in January, despite having previously been recommended for certain women. The test helps to predict the risk of breast cancer…
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