Skin Cancer Information

Information on Skin Cancer: The types of skin cancer There are three main types of skin cancer. These are: Basal cell carcinoma, Squamous cell carcinoma, and Malignant melanoma – which is discussed in another section. Over 75% of skin cancers in the UK are basal cell carcinomas – a cancer of the cells at the … Read more

Prostate Cancer Information

Information on Prostate Cancer: Unlike most other types of cancer, prostate cancer is often present in small amounts within the prostate with no ill effects. The difference is that this type of cancer often remains dormant for some time before it develops into something more serious. Approximately 30% of men over 50 years old have … Read more

Laboratories That Conduct Cancer-Related Tests

To follow is a list of laboratories that offer a range of diagnostic screening tests to help with the detection and monitoring of various cancers, including : Cancer antigen CA 15-3 – a sensitive blood test that gives an elevated result in the presence of breast cancer. Cancer antigen CA 125 – a blood test … Read more

Breast Cancer Information

Information on Breast Cancer: The causes of breast cancer It is now known that hereditary factors are responsible for a small percentage of the incidences of breast cancer. These are brought about by a faulty gene, which is passed on from one generation to the next. You should contact your doctor if you are concerned … Read more

Brain Cancer Information

Information on Brain Cancer: Types of brain tumour Brain tumours are categorised by the type of brain cell they developed from and their position within the brain. The symptoms of a particular type of tumour can vary greatly, depending upon which part of the brain it is growing in – as different parts of the … Read more

Bowel Cancer / Colorectal Cancer Information

Information on Bowel Cancer and Cancer of the Colon and Rectum: The cause of bowel cancer It is thought that a high incidence of bowel cancer can be linked to our diet. A diet that is low in fibre and high in animal fat and protein is likely to increase the risk of developing bowel … Read more

Bladder Cancer Information

Information on Bladder Cancer: Types of bladder cancer The vast majority of bladder cancers begin in the lining of the bladder, or urothelium. Urothelial cell cancers come in many different forms, ranging from large growths in the wall of the bladder, which require major surgery, to small growths on the inside of the bladder, which … Read more

Early Detection

The National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) recently announced that 24% of people who are diagnosed with cancer in the UK are only diagnosed as a result of a visit to accident and emergency wards.  In patients aged 70 or over, 31% of cancer diagnosis happen via emergency admission. The research, published in the British Journal … Read more