Posts Tagged ‘Cancer Research UK’

Blood tests to detect brain tumours and possibly prostate cancer

November 20, 2012 2 comments

At the moment it seems like most of the cutting edge cancer research is coming out of the US. As long as the research is being done I don’t care who’s doing it, but come on Cancer Research UK, let’s see what you’re made of too?

Anyway, this time it’s to do with blood tests being able to detect brain tumours, just from the tiny fatty balls that the cancer cells release into the bloodstream.

The study, published in Nature Medicine showed that the test could detect tumours in mice, but more importantly, in human patients too.

Cancer cells package themselves in balls of fat when they circulate around the body. The fatty balls are known as microvesicles and it means that the tests could be used to see if drugs are working.

They are now looking at whether the test could be used to detect prostate cancer in urine. Watch this space, or this


Reduce salt and reduce risk of cancer

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment


Everyone knows that high intake of salt is bad for you, linking it predominantly to heart disease and high blood pressure.

But now research is also linking it to stomach cancer.

The research comes from the World Cancer Research Fund which has shown that people are eating around 8g of salt a day, but reducing it to the recommended daily intake of 6g per day also reduces the risk of stomach cancer.

It’s not just about the salt you add to foods though. Take a closer look at the packets of the food you are eating and you’ll find surprisingly high levels of salt in places where you wouldn’t expect it.

Of course you’ll know it’ll be in crisps, bacon and sauces, but what about bread and breakfast cereals too? Low fat foods also high high salt contents, as well as high sugar contents, to add flavour to an otherwise bland product.

Every year in the UK there are around 6,000 cases of stomach cancer and WCRF reckons that one in seven could be prevented by sticking to the daily guidelines. Cancer Research UK reckon the reduction could be even higher.

So, my advice, try to avoid all packet / pre-made foods and create your own, then you know what’s going in to it. Plus, it’s fresher, tastier, and healthier too. And, for all you people who say it takes too long – ok it takes about an extra few minutes, but what’s an extra few minutes everyday to give you an extra few years of healthy live? Put the packet down and head to the grocers.

Read more about it at BBC Health