Cancer news

Researchers discover genetic fingerprint of HPV virus in some head and neck cancers

A large US study has pinpointed genetic errors that mark out head and neck cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

‘Targeted’ biopsy could better identify aggressive prostate cancers

An experimental biopsy procedure appears to be more effective than the current tests in identifying ‘high-risk’ prostate cancers.

Financial incentives may boost quit rates in pregnant smokers

Pregnant women who are offered a financial incentive are more likely to quit smoking.

Persistent heartburn may be a sign of cancer, campaign warns

People with persistent heartburn are being urged to visit their GP as it may be a sign of cancer.

Patients dismissing 'trivial' symptoms could delay cancer diagnosis

People who dismiss their symptoms as trivial or worry about wasting the doctor's time may decide against going to their GP with cancer warning symptoms

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