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Oral cancer rates up 25% in a decade

Oral cancer rates increased by a quarter in the last decade, driven partly by oral sex, new figures suggest.

Delays in seeking treatment 'lead to cancer deaths'

Nearly 40% of people who fear they might have cancer delay visiting a doctor because they are worried about what they will find, according to new research.

Simon Kelner: I don't mind the state telling me what's bad for me

In the midst of a political discussion, a friend of mine gave her own definition of socialism. "It means the state looks after us, and tells us what to do," she said, in typically iconoclastic fashion. I ignored the fact that this seemed to me to be a definition of totalitarianism, and I resisted the temptation to tell her that she might be happier living in North Korea, but the news, reported on i's front page yesterday, that almost half of Britain's cancer cases are preventable made me reflect a little deeper on the relationship between the individual and the state.

Smoking, unhealthy diets, alcohol and being overweight cause in excess of 100,000 tumours every year

Lifestyle and work changes 'would prevent 40 per cent of cancers'

More than 40 per cent of all cancers in the UK could be prevented by avoiding unhealthy lifestyles and environmental risks, according to research.

Exclusive: Tobacco giants tell Whitehall to hand over its secret minutes

Department of Health targeted by Gallaher and Philip Morris

Jean King: This industry should be kept away from young people

Tobacco is the only consumer product that kills one in two long-term users. It remains the preventable cause of more than a quarter of all cancer deaths in the UK. The tobacco industry has funded misleading research and seeks to gain unwarranted respectability by association with credible bodies such as universities.

The man who discovered his family secrets – via his DNA

Greg Lucier, who has devoted his career to genetics, was shocked by what his own profile revealed, he tells Jeremy Laurance

Breakthrough offers hope in breast cancer fight

A naturally occurring molecule in bacteria can block the development of breast cancer, scientists have discovered, paving the way for the design of more potent and selective drugs.

Gene discovery to identify women with cancer risk

A single genetic fault in a gene that normally helps the body to repair its DNA increases a woman's risk of ovarian cancer six-fold, a study has found.

Chances of getting bowel cancer double

The risk of getting bowel cancer and the chances of surviving it have both doubled in a generation.

Why rising cancer rates among over-45s are not all bad news

The risk of developing cancer in middle age has risen by almost a fifth within a generation, causing thousands more individuals to live under the burden of the diagnosis.

Donations to charity fall by £70m

The recession and a squeeze on household incomes is hitting donations to charities, which are down £70m on last year.

Animal rights group declares war on leading health charities

Research into cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's could be set back by boycott

Support Cancer Research UK at the 2011 Plug and Play Festival

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Mobile phone users warned over cancer link

A warning against the use of mobile telephones has been issued by the World Health Organisation after scientists identified a potential link with a type of brain cancer.

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