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Coronavirus could lead to thousands more cancer deaths

Coronavirus could lead to thousands more cancer deaths

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There could be more than 3,500 avoidable cancer deaths in England in the next five years as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, researchers say. The virus had disrupted services and some people had avoided healthcare, they told The Lancet Oncology journal. The team looked at the likely impact on four major types of cancer - breast, colorectal, oesophageal and lung.Early diagnosis and treatment can save lives and anyone who suspects they may have cancer should seek help. During lockdown, some cancer services were scaled back or delayed, although people were still encouraged to have any essential or urgent care. UK-wide screening programmes to detect early signs of bowel, breast and cervical cancer in people with no symptoms are now trying to catch up wit...
HPV might cause 1 in 5 cases of prostate cancer, analysis says

HPV might cause 1 in 5 cases of prostate cancer, analysis says

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July 13 (UPI) -- Just over 20 percent of men with prostate cancer tested positive for the human papilloma viruses, or HPVs, an analysis published Monday in the journal Infectious Agents and Cancer found. The link suggests the viruses might be among the causes of a cancer that kills an estimated 30,000 American men each year, supporting the case for universal vaccination, the researchers said. Advertisement "The data may indicate that HPV infection may be transmitted during sexual activity and play causal role in prostate cancer, as well as cervical cancer [in women]," co-author James Lawson, a professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia, said in a statement. "Although HPVs are only one of many pathogens that have been identified in prostate cancer, they are the only infe...
20% of smoking-related cancer survivors continue to smoke, study finds

20% of smoking-related cancer survivors continue to smoke, study finds

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July 2 (UPI) -- Nearly 20 percent of survivors of smoking-related cancers continued to smoke even after recovery, according to a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open. Smoking-related cancers include those of the bladder, blood, cervix, colon, esophagus, kidney, larynx or windpipe, leukemia, lung, liver, mouth, tongue, lip, pancreas, rectum, stomach, throat or pharynx and uterus, the researchers said. Advertisement The percentage was far greater among survivors of all types of cancer who had been smokers. More than half -- 56 percent -- remained active smokers, they said. "The percentage of current smokers among smoking-related cancer survivors was ... substantially higher than that in the general population of about 14 percent," study co-author Sanjay Shete told UPI. "We expecte...
Incidence of thyroid cancer has doubled globally, analysis finds

Incidence of thyroid cancer has doubled globally, analysis finds

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June 26 (UPI) -- The number of people diagnosed with thyroid cancer has more than doubled worldwide since 1990, an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network has found. Much of the increase has been fueled by a rapid rise of cases in countries in southern and eastern Asia, which accounted for more than 40 percent of global diagnoses in 2017, the most recent year for which data are available, the researchers said. Advertisement In addition, more than 70 percent of those diagnosed with the cancer are women, they said. "The significant geographical disparities might be explained by health resource imbalance and gene-environment interactions," co-author Zhijun Dai told UPI. "A third of thyroid cancer patients existed in countries with high socio-demographic index," a comprehensive measurement...
Coronavirus: Major disruption to cancer care revealed

Coronavirus: Major disruption to cancer care revealed

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Cancer care in England has faced major disruption during the pandemic with big drops in numbers being seen following urgent referrals by GPs, figures show.The number of people being assessed by a cancer doctor after referral fell to 79,500 in April - a drop of 60% compared to the same month last year.Meanwhile, patients starting treatment dropped to 10,800 - 20% below the numbers seen in April 2019.The NHS said it had tried to protect services.NHS England said a number of innovative approaches were being introduced to keep cancer care running.This has included delivering more chemotherapy in the community and people's homes as well as creating "Covid-free" wings in hospital to protect patients.NHS England chief executive Sir Simo...