Genetics does have a role in cancer risk

Sometimes I get asked how genes cause cancer. It’s an ­extremely complex subject and one I’m not qualified in, but here goes. Macmillan Cancer Support also has a ­patient booklet on the topic. Genes are found in every cell in … Read More

Targeting personal mutations is the new way to treat cancer

Personalised medicine is one of the most promising recent developments in cancer treatment, allowing doctors to specifically target the mutations that make an individual patient’s cancer unique and often untreatable. With the latest advance in targeted therapy, the US Massachusetts General Hospital … Read More

We must tackle food producers on obesity

Over several decades of trying to rein in our obesity ­problem, now at epidemic proportions, I’ve felt like throwing the towel in several times. Why? Because nothing I can do affects the growing trend to bigger and bigger sizes. It … Read More

Rapid pre-eclampsia test can save lives and complications

Every year 23,000 pregnant women in Britain suffer this ­potentially deadly condition that’s notoriously difficult to ­diagnose because some symptoms – such as high blood pressure, swollen feet, headaches and nausea – are also common in normal pregnancies. Pre-eclampsia, which … Read More

Excess weight linked to pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer rates have ­increased by nearly a fifth since 1999. Smoking is a known cause of this often-fatal disease yet the number of smokers has reached a record low while pancreatic cancer rates continue to climb. Could the obesity … Read More

Leukaemia survival chances boosted by new pill

A particular form of leukaemia, acute myeloid leukaemia, or AML, is hard to treat at the best of times – but some ­patients have a certain genetic ­mutation that makes their AML more likely to recur and harder to treat. … Read More

Could an ingenious vaccine help treat colon cancer?

Vaccines are one the most potent protective medicines we have. They work by encouraging the body to ­protect itself, in almost all cases, against specific invaders like an infection. Vaccines are responsible for ridding the world of many scourges like … Read More