Oncology

Women warned over non-lump breast cancers

Women are being warned that a lump is not the only sign of breast cancer and that they should be aware of the other symptoms of the disease. Researchers from UK universities, including University College London (UCL), the University of Exeter and the University of Durham, found that although most...

GPs ‘have low awareness of tamoxifen as breast cancer prevention’

New research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute’s (NCRI) Conference has shown that there is a low awareness among GPs of tamoxifen as a preventive treatment for women at medium or high risk of breast cancer. The study - led by Professor Jack Cuzick at Queen Mary, University...

Most female cancer deaths ‘occur in developing countries’

Most deaths caused by breast and cervical cancer occur in developing countries but could be prevented with cost-effective interventions, according to a new study by King’s College London (KCL), UK. A total of two-thirds of breast cancer deaths and nine out of ten deaths from cervical cancer...

Common misconceptions about breast cancer

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end and people begin to focus their attention elsewhere, it seems an appropriate time to discuss some prevalent misconceptions about the disease. Although it is the most common cancer to affect women, there are a number of half-truths and incorrect...

Potential drug treatment for aggressive breast cancer identified

Scientists have identified a molecule vital to the growth of so-called ‘triple-negative’ breast cancers. It is hoped that this will lead to the development of new drug treatments for patients who are resistant to chemotherapy. The researchers from the UK’s King’s College...

Compound in onions could protect against ovarian cancer

A compound in onions could help prevent ovarian cancer, says a new study by researchers at Kumamoto University, Japan. Researchers found that onionin A (ONA) inhibited the pro-tumour activities of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC), which they said are linked with the suppression of the anti-...

Young women drinkers ‘face higher breast cancer risk’

Young women who limit their alcohol intake could face a reduced risk of breast cancer later in life, according to a new study by the Cancer Council Victoria, Australia. The research has found that drinking alcohol between the age of 15 and a woman’s first pregnancy is associated with a 35 per...

Women over 70 ‘more likely to die from breast cancer’

Women over 70 who are diagnosed with breast cancer are more likely to die from the disease, according to a new study. Conducted by a multinational team and presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) annual meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, the study showed outcome disparities in...

Night shift work ‘not more likely to increase breast cancer risk’

A new study has revealed that women who work night shifts are not more likely to develop breast cancer than those who do not, despite a study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) from 2007 stating that it was a probable cause. The new research, funded by the UK Health and...

Ovarian removal ‘should not be an option for premenopausal women’

New research has suggested that the practice of removing ovaries in premenopausal women to prevent ovarian cancer should be discontinued in women not at high risk of developing the disease. Carried out by the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, USA, the study revealed that women under the age of 46 who had...