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Rise in number of Sussex cancer patients

The number of middle aged people in Sussex developing cancer is on the rise. About 14 women and nine men in their 40s and 50s are diagnosed every day, according to Cancer Research UK. The charity believes the increase is partly due to more people being tested for breast and prostate cancer.

This has led to an improvement in survival rates because more people are being diagnosed sooner. Lifestyle factors, such as drinking alcohol, smoking and being overweight, are also increasing the risk.

Sally Evans, 55, of Holmcroft Gardens, Findon, near Worthing, was left reeling when she was called for her first routine mammogram only to learn she had cancer.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 08:54


New plans to transform care for patients with respiratory diseases in the North West

Plans to transform the care, quality of life and health outcomes for people in the North West with lung and respiratory disease were announced today by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.

Lung and respiratory diseases such as asthma and Chronic Obstructive  Pulmonary Disease (COPD) present a major problem for patients and the NHS in the North West where over one hundred and fifty thousand patients are believed to be living with the condition.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 08:55


High-dose statins 'increase Type 2 diabetes risk'

Hundreds of thousands of people on high-dose statins are increasing their chances of developing diabetes, researchers warn today.

Taking 80mg of two types of widely prescribed statin - simvastatin or atorvastatin - increases the chance of developing Type 2 diabetes by 12 per cent over five years, compared to taking moderate dose statins (20mg or 40mg), they found.


3M Introduces new innovative flexible fit disposable respirator

Diversified technology company 3M has launched a uniquely shaped disposable respirator that will provide wearers with superb flexibility and effective protection at incredible value.

The 3M VFlex Particulate Respirator is part of 3M’s Classic range of disposable respirators.  It is ideal for working environments where Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) for dusts and mists is required for short duration or light duty tasks and also when RPE has to be frequently replaced.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 08:57


The Future of breast cancer prevention

Drugs could be used to prevent breast cancer in women at high risk of the disease in the same way that statins are used for heart disease if trials looking at ways of predicting risk are successful, according to an international panel of cancer experts.

In a review published in the journal Lancet Oncology today (Monday)* the panel - including Cancer Research UK’s Professor Jack Cuzick - agreed that all women with a greater than four per cent above average risk of getting breast cancer in the next ten years should be offered preventive measures and closer monitoring.