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October, 2016

BowelHealth UK launch new cancellation policy

April, 2016

We are all aware that certain environmental factors can significantly raise our cancer risk. Radiation, hazardous chemicals, asbestos, smoke and other airborne pollutants are all widely recognised dangers – and while few of us encounter these in our daily working lives, we know they are not to be tackled without adequate protection.

April, 2016

To mark Bowel Cancer Awareness Month Justin Davies, Clinical Director for BowelHealth UK, talks about new developments in screening techniques, risk factors and why all those who are invited should take the test.

February, 2016

2015 proved a turbulent year for national and international politics – but the news that dominated the New Year was cancer, with musicians Lemmy and David Bowie and actor Alan Rickman all dying of the disease within days of each other.

“These deaths occurring so close together were widely regarded as a tragic coincidence,” says Gordon Wishart, Professor of Cancer Surgery and Medical Director of Check4Cancer. “Unfortunately they are indicative of general trends, and we are likely to see this more often. Celebrity cases can help focus attention on efforts to combat the disease, but the important message we need to get across is that cancer affects us all. One in two people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime, so if it is not us, it will be someone we know.”

January, 2016

Screening for bowel cancer can be significantly improved by adopting the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), say experts. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC), which advises the NHS and government, recommended that the FIT should replace the current test used in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

The current method used in the national screening programme is the Faecal Occult Blood (FOB) test, but the panel of experts concluded that not only is FIT considerably easier to use, it is also more reliable, and would provide the opportunity to detect and prevent more cancers.

October, 2015

Following evaluation of the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – the cancer agency of the World Health Organization – has placed processed meats in the same category as smoking, asbestos and plutonium.

After reviewing the accumulated scientific literature, a Working Group of 22 experts from 10 countries convened by the IARC Monographs Programme classified the consumption of red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2A), based on limited evidence that the consumption of red meat causes cancer in humans and “strong mechanistic evidence supporting a carcinogenic effect”. This association was observed mainly for colorectal cancer, but associations were also seen for pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.

September, 2015

Earlier this year, we reported on the new cancer task force, set up to combat long waiting times for diagnoses in England – 25% of which were being made too late. Now, further plans have been unveiled, including a target of 95% of people being given a diagnosis or the all-clear within 28 days of being referred by their GP, by 2020.

Figures released in May showed that more than 21,000 people had not been treated within 62 days of their cancer diagnosis in the last financial year, and the NHS had failed to achieve its own targets for treatment. According to these, 85% of cancer patients should be treated within 62 days of being urgently referred by their GP, but just 83.4% were seen on time in 2014-15. While survival rates have been improving, England still lags behind some of the best performing countries. A cross-party committee of MPs recently warned that England’s cancer services had “lost momentum”.

August, 2015

Aspirin can more than halve bowel cancer risk in obese people with Lynch syndrome – an inherited condition linked to an increased risk of cancer – according to data from a UK clinical trial.

The new analysis of the CAPP2 trial, reported by Cancer Research UK, showed that obesity heightened the risk of bowel cancer among people with the condition, who already have a much higher risk of bowel and other cancers than the general population.

August, 2015

Regular consumption of caffeinated coffee may help prevent the return of colon cancer after treatment and improve the chances of a cure, according to a new, large study from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute that reported this striking association for the first time.

The patients, all of them treated with surgery and chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer, had the greatest benefit from consuming four or more cups of coffee a day (about 460 milligrams of caffeine), according to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. These patients were 42% less likely to have their cancer return than non-coffee drinkers, and were 33% less likely to die from cancer or any other cause.

August, 2015

This week, the BBC reports on new research findings that demonstrate how even light consumption of alcohol can increase cancer risk – but the risk primarily affects women.

The US research, published in the British Medical Journal this month, is titled “Light to moderate intake of alcohol, drinking patterns, and risk of cancer” and sets out “to quantify risk of overall cancer across all levels of alcohol consumption among women and men separately, with a focus on light to moderate drinking and never smokers; and assess the influence of drinking patterns on overall cancer risk.”

August, 2015

A new study has revealed that almost a quarter of cancer patients had to make at least three visits to their GP before being sent to hospital for tests that diagnosed their illness.

The research – published in the European Journal of Cancer Care – was undertaken by academics at Cambridge University who studied the experiences of more than 70,000 patients. They found that a total of 23% had been seen by their GP three or more times before being referred to hospital for further scans, blood tests or investigations which diagnosed the illness.

July, 2015

This week, Sarah Montague – a night-time presenter for the BBC – investigated the impact of shift work on health, and found that regular disruption of normal sleep patterns can significantly raise your susceptibility to serious illness, including cancer.

In the programme The Night Shift, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 onMonday 27 July,8.00pm-8.30pm, Sarah Montague, explored how sleeping affects our bodies in the company of two fellow night-workers.

July, 2015

In Cancer: The challenge facing the NHS BBC Health Correspondent Nick Triggle reveals the issues ahead for our struggling health service.

The analysis comes after the recent announcement of a new strategy by NHS England’s cancer taskforce aimed at improving cancer care. Figures released in May showed that more than 21,000 people had not been treated within 62 days of their cancer diagnosis in the last financial year. According to NHS targets, 85% of cancer patients should be treated within 62 days of being urgently referred by their GP, but just 83.4% were seen on time in 2014-15. While survival rates have been improving, England still lags behind some of the best performing countries.

June, 2015

Research published online in the journal Heart reveals that cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, as the UK's No 1 killer – but only among men. Cardiovascular disease is still the most common cause of death among women, and kills more young women than breast cancer, the figures show.

May, 2015

New research has shown that boys who become obese as teenagers may double their risk of bowel cancer by the time they are in their 50s.

The study – published in the journal Gut, a British Medical Journal publication – was carried out by scientists from Harvard University and from Sweden, and focused on a large group of young Swedish men conscripted into military service aged 16-20.

May, 2015

April, 2015. A new study reported by the BBC this week provides a dramatic demonstration of the effect of diet on the gut – and shows that deterioration of bowel health, which may bring increased cancer risk, is far more rapid than generally believed.

April 2015. Thousands of lives and millions of pounds are being lost because bowel cancer is being detected too late, according to the UK charity Beating Bowel Cancer.

24th March: New research into dietary patterns and the risk of colorectal cancers suggests that pesco-vegetarians (vegetarians who eat fish and seafood) may have a distinct advantage over vegans and vegetarians, as well as non-vegetarians.

March 2015: According to new figures published by leading cancer charity Cancer Research UK, obese women “have around a 40% greater risk of developing a weight-related cancer in their lifetime than women of a healthy weight”.

February 2015: This week saw a BBC news report on cancer that contained shocking news for the UK. ‘Half of UK people will get cancer’ revealed that one in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.

January 2015: Check4Cancer Ltd (Check4Cancer) is pleased to announce the appointment of three new company employees across its Client Service, Marketing and Finance divisions. Cambridge based Check4Cancer has appointed Lene Farmer as Client Services Manager, Indre Peciunaityte as Marketing Manager and Reka Fogarasi as Finance Assistant.

‘Vitamin D could have real long-term survival prospects’ says research

July 2014: By Nicky Whiting

Bowel cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood, could be more likely to survive the disease says a recent study.

October 2013: The BowelHealth UK team welcomes Mr Justin Davies as Clinical Director. Mr Davies is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where he is also Clinical Director of General Surgery. He has a strong research pedigree in bowel cancer screening, publishing his work in this field in high impact factor journals such as the Lancet and Nature Reviews Cancer. Read more here

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