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Brexit 'likely to cause cancer test delays'

Brexit 'likely to cause cancer test delays'

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Hospitals are likely to experience delays to cancer testing and treatment regardless of the result of next week's Brexit vote, BBC Newsnight has learned.The Royal College of Radiologists has told doctors to prepare for possible delays for some drugs used to detect cancer if there is a no-deal Brexit.It says clinicians should reduce their workload in the days after 29 March, when the UK is due to leave the EU.The government said it had "robust" plans for however the UK leaves the EU.MPs will vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal agreement by 12 March.If Parliament does not vote in favour of her deal and there is no extension of Article 50 - the two-year process for leaving the EU - the UK will leave with no withdrawal agreement, known as a...
Study: Chemical in Roundup may increase cancer risk by 40 percent

Study: Chemical in Roundup may increase cancer risk by 40 percent

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Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Glyphosate, a chemical in the popular weedkiller Roundup, may elevate cancer risk in people, according to a new study. Researchers examined studies conducted between 2001 and 2018 and found that the chemical could increase the risk of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma by up to more than 41 percent, according to new findings published this month in Science Direct. "Our analysis focused on providing the best possible answer to the question of whether or not glyphosate is carcinogenic," senior author Lianne Sheppard, a professor at the University of Washingtonsaid in a press release. "As a result of this research, I am even more convinced that it is." This new study contradicts a past report from the European Food Safety Authority that said glyphosate does not cause cancer. The United N...
Breast cancer: Scan younger women at risk, charity says

Breast cancer: Scan younger women at risk, charity says

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Younger women with a family history of breast cancer should receive annual screenings to pick up the disease earlier, a charity says.Breast Cancer Now funded a study which found cancers were detected sooner when 35 to 39-year-olds at risk had annual mammograms.NHS screening often starts at the age of 40 for women with a family history.Experts need to balance the benefits of doing more checks against causing any undue worry or over-treatment. The study's authors said that more analysis was needed on the risks, costs and benefits of extending the screening programme.But Baroness Delyth Morgan, the charity's chief executive, called for the government's forthcoming review of NHS screening programmes in England to consider the introduction of scans for women a...
Paleontologists diagnose 240-million-year-old proto-turtle with bone cancer

Paleontologists diagnose 240-million-year-old proto-turtle with bone cancer

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Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Bone cancer may be nearly as old as bones. Researchers have discovered evidence of an aggressive malignant tumor in the femur of a 240-million-year-old proto-turtle -- the oldest case of bone cancer in amniotes, a lineage of four-limbed vertebrates that includes birds, reptiles and mammals. Scientists described their diagnosis this week in the journal JAMA Oncology. Bone cancer is rare in the fossil record, not because it wasn't around a few hundred million years ago, but because it's hard to spot. Cancerous growths are usually hidden inside bones, only detectable with an X-ray machine or CT scan. The growth on the femur of Pappochelys rosinae -- perhaps the first turtle species -- can be seen with the naked eye. While it was obvious there was something wrong with the pri...