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September, 2019

A Scottish landmark research study presented this week at the 2019 World Conference on Lung Cancer has confirmed that the EarlyCDT lung blood test can increase the diagnosis of early stage lung cancer by more than 50%.

May, 2018

Check4Cancer is delighted to announce the appointment of Louise Mills as Director of Clinical Services.

January, 2016

Getting cancer is often seen as being down to bad genes or bad luck, but new research shows that as many as nine out of ten cancers are due to environmental or lifestyle factors.

The study, carried out by scientists from Stony Brook University in New York and published in the journal Nature, overturns the so-called ‘bad luck hypothesis’ – the idea that many cancers are due to random cell mutations. In January 2015, a study from Johns Hopkins University had suggested that 65% of cancers were driven by random mistakes in cell division and were therefore inevitable, and completely outside our control.

November, 2015

Sam Janes, Clinical Advisor for LungHealth UK and Check4Cancer, talks about shockingly high mortality rates for lung cancer, the importance of screening, and how new test methods can save more lives.

November, 2015

Check4Cancer Ltd is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Sam Janes as new Clinical Advisor for their early detection programme in lung 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

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 on Monday 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.

July, 2015

Cases of lung cancer in women have reached 20,000 a year in the UK for the first time since records began, according to new Cancer Research UK statistics.

Lung cancer rates in women have increased by 22%, soaring from around 14,200 cases diagnosed around 20 years ago (in 1993 there were 14,176 female lung cancer cases in the UK). There were 19,857 female lung cancer cases in 2011 and 20,483 in 2012, UK.

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.

June, 2015

According to a “milestone” trial, a new therapy can more than double life expectancy in some lung cancer patients.

The BBC reports how the revolutionary new drug, named Nivolumab, works in conjunction with the body’s defences, preventing cancerous cells from concealing themselves and making them open to attack by the patient’s own immune system.

19th February: A breathalyser that can actually diagnose lung cancer will be used in two NHS hospitals this summer as part of a £1m clinical trial.

The device was originally invented by engineer Billy Boyle to detect explosives in airports and on the battlefield, but he refocused on medical applications following his wife’s colon cancer diagnosis in October 2012.

The LuCID (lung cancer indicator detection) project by Owlstone, the company founded by Mr Boyle, analyses the chemicals present in a person’s breath.

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.

28th January 2015: Lung cancer deaths among European women are set to overtake those from breast cancer for the first time this year. The trend is largely driven by women in the UK, say researchers. Predicted lung cancer deaths for women in Europe are set to rise by 9% between 2009 and 2015, reaching 14.24 per 100,000 of population.

8th September 2014 Researchers believe the temperature of exhaled breath could indicate lung cancer...

Doctors believe they may be able to diagnose lung cancer by gauging the temperature of exhaled breath.

June 2014 By Nicky Whiting

Much has been made recently of the lack of awareness when it comes to lung cancer symptoms, particularly in Wales. But are people across the UK missing the vital knowledge of this deadly disease when potential symptoms show?

June 2014: By Nicky Whiting

BRCA2 gene carriers who smoke could be twice as likely to contract lung cancer

Breast cancer drugs designed to treat ovarian and breast cancer caused by BRCA gene mutations may prove effective against lung cancer.

A recent study of 27,000 people has suggested the chance of developing lung cancer is “enormously” increased among those who carry a BRCA2 (breast cancer) gene mutation AND smoke.

January 2014: LungHealth UK and The Edinburgh Clinic are proud to announce a collaboration which will provide early detection of lung cancer to private patients in Edinburgh and surrounds. In addition to the distinctive LungCheck service, patients will also be given a lung function test, adding value to the assessment of their risk of developing lung cancer.

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