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Cancer Research UK Says Organic Food Does Not Lower Risk Of Cancer

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Apr 28 2014
Cancer Research UK Says Organic Food Does Not Lower Risk Of Cancer

According to a new study in the British Journal of Cancer, women who usually eat organic foods are no less likely to develop cancer than woman who follow a more conventional diet.

Cancer Research UK scientists say they could not find any evidence that would suggest a diet that is free from pesticides results in a reduction in the overall risk of a woman developing cancer.

The researchers polled 600,000 women aged 50 or above about whether they consumed organic foods. In addition to that they tracked the development of the 16 most common cancers during a period which lasted nine years following the survey. During that period, as many as 50,000 participants developed cancer.

When the scientists examined the results for the 16 types of cancer they found a reduction in the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma but a small increase in the risk of breast cancer. However it must be stated the results could be the product of chance or other factors.

Pesticides are used extensively in agriculture and concerns have been raised that their use could result in an increase in the risk of developing cancer. Until now however the evidence has not been strong enough to provide concrete answers. Conventionally grown fruit and vegetables do contain tiny amounts of pesticides but so far there has been no evidence that it increases the risk of cancer.

Dr Claire Knight, Cancer Research UK’s health information manager, says the results of the study adds to evidence that organic food consumption does not mean a lower risk of cancer. For those people who are concerned about pesticide residue on their fruit and vegetable, the best thing they can do is wash before eating.

“Scientists have estimated that over nine per cent of cancer cases in the UK may be linked to dietary factors, of which almost five per cent are linked to not eating enough fruit and vegetables. So eating a well-balanced diet which is high in fruit and vegetables – whether conventionally grown or not – can help reduce your cancer risk.”

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Smoking Rate In England Drops To 80 Year Low

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Sharat
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Feb 21 2014
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According to a new study by scientists from University College London shows the number of people who smoke cigarettes in England has dropped to its lowest level in nearly 80 years.

The data comes from a national study that has been surveying the smoking habits of people in England going back to 2006.

According to the study’s results in 2013 less than 20 per cent of adults were smokers. It’s very encouraging to see this snapshot of the number of smokers in England. Reassuringly, the figures are going down but it’s vital to remember the many millions of people who remain addicted to a lethal product. Half of all long-term users will die from smoking.” Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK’s head of tobacco policy, said.

Last year over 22,000 people over the age of 16 were polled and the percentage of smokers found was less than 20 per cent.

In the 20th century, there was a rapid increase in smoking rates which peaked just before the publication of a report which linked smoking and lung cancer in 1962. At that point nearly 70 per cent of males and 40 per cent of females were smokers.

The new data was published during the same week that legislation was passed in the UK to allow the introduction of plain standardized packaging.

“Reducing the numbers who smoke and the number of young people who start smoking must remain a focus. Plain, standardised packaging is key to protecting children from tobacco marketing. This week’s votes in parliament showed unprecedented support for tobacco control measures that will protect children from tobacco marketing and from second hand smoke. We urge the government to take the next steps to make standard packaging a reality as soon as possible.” Ms. Cox added

Smoking tobacco causes an estimated 60,000 cases of cancer in the UK each year and is responsible for approximately one in four cancer deaths in the UK.

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Eight Out Of Ten Kids Now Survive Cancer

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Sharat
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Dec 7 2013
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Some good news from Cancer Research UK, apparently the number of kids with cancer who survive has increased to over 8 out of 10 compared with just 3 out of 10 in the 1960’s/

In the last ten years the number of kids with cancer who survive five years or more has risen to 82 per cent from 79 per cent, which is a clear improvement.

The reason for the success is improved treatment which now combines a number of different chemotherapy drugs. The role of Cancer Research has been critical in providing clinical trials that has proven the fact that combined treatments can be successful.

The data suggests that children with all types of cancer have increased life expectancy those with bone and liver cancer have made particularly good progress of late. Over the last ten years survival rates for child patients with liver tumours leapt from 67 per cent to 82 per cent whilst patients with bone cancer saw a survival rate increase from 61 per cent to 68 per cent.

Still A Long Way To Go

Whilst more children are surviving for longer as a result of the research there is still a long way to go and it is important to discover kinder and better treatments for this terrible disease.

For many kinds the simple fact of surviving does not mean they are free of the disease. Even after three decades of diagnosis as many as 40 per cent of patients were at risk of sever or life threatening conditions or had died. There is still a need to find better treatments that comes with fewer side effects.

For many children, surviving does not mean that they are completely free of illness. Even 30 years after their diagnosis, 40 per cent of survivors were affected by severe or life-threatening conditions, or had died due to a chronic health condition3. There is still an urgent need to discover better treatments with fewer side effects.

“Cancer Research UK has been at the forefront of research into new treatments for childhood cancers. Although more than eight in 10 children with cancer now survive their disease for more than five years more work is needed to discover better treatments. As more and more children survive cancer, it is especially important that we concentrate on improving the quality of life after cancer.” Professor Pam Kearns, director of the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trial’s Unit in Birmingham, said

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Cancer Research Concern at Sunbed Use

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alister
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Feb 1 2013
Teenagers Still at Risk from Sunbeds

Cancer Research charity officials are growing increasingly concerned that under age girls are still determined to use sunbeds, no matter the consequences. New studies report that many girls under 18 are still regularly using sunbeds, even though they are actually breaking the law.

The study found that many 15-18 year old girls are still willing to risk their health, even though they know the risks of using a sunbed. Many think that a tan not only makes them feel confident, but also that they feel healthier with a glow.

Sundbeds were made illegal for under 18′s in 2011, a year after a Cancer Research study showed more than 250,000 children aged between 11 and 17 in England were regularly using sunbeds. Tanning salons are now required to ask for identification from people when booking a course, but not all staff are stringent in their supervision.

Head of the study, Dr Jeffrey Lake, said -

The research shows us that the desire for tanned skin in young people is blinding them to the potential long-term health risks associated with regularly using sunbeds. We’re finding that their worries are cosmetic when they should really be thinking about the unseen damage they’re inflicting on themselves.

This report comes just a week before Cancer Research relaunch their ‘R UV UGLY?’ campaign, which will see people offered free scans at skin clinics around the country. These will be able to show people the hidden damage beneath the skin’s surface through overexposure to UV sunbeams, and of course the sun; the biggest sunbed in the world!

Co-author of the study, Catherine Thomson, said -

It’s worrying to see that, in some areas of the UK, half of all 15-17 year old girls are using sunbeds on a regular basis. Introducing the legislation banning sunbed use by under 18s was vital to protect younger people from the harmful effects of UV. But proper supervision in salons is essential to combat the determination of teenagers to get round laws that are there for their own protection.

Let’s hope that many people make use of the free skin clinic scans to see how much they may have been affected by UV damage. Tanning salons need to clamp down on under age usage, as a young person’s skin should be not be hammered with UV from an early age. Full ID should be shown and scanned into the system to prove the age of the person booking the course to ensure that nobody is breaking the law. These preventions were put into place for a reason.

If you would like more information on the work of Cancer Research, why not check out our dedicated page where you can purchase an innovative charity gift to help raise funds to aid their live saving work.

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Tractor Road Run for Cancer Research UK

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alister
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Feb 8 2012
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Over 100 ‘pink ladies’ drove decorated tractors through Norfolk in July 2011, raising a whopping £36,000 for Cancer Research UK. The annual Ladies’ Tractor Road Run was conceived by Annie and John Chapman to raise funds for the Join the Fight campaign, and thanks to this amazing event a special treat is now in store for Annie!

Annie won the Cancer Research 2008 award for Volunteer of the Year when the event broke the £100,000 barrier, and in the 3 years since the Tractor Run has now raised over £200,000 for the health charity! Annie has now been chosen out of thousands of nominees to light the way at the London 2012 Olympics as a torchbearer, though whether she’ll be driving her tractor with the flame I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

The Ladies’ Tractor Road Run first began in 2003 involving 50 tractors, and raised an amazing £16,500. Yet thanks to Annie’s hard work and connections, the event continues to go from strength to strength as more people join in this interesting and innovative charity event .

Annie, said -

This event has taken on a life of its own. It’s driven by the remarkable determination, generosity and courage of a lot of special people. Each year I say it, and each year I mean it; it’s about more than money.

Congratulations to Annie for all the charity work she has put in over the last 9 years, and we’ll definitely be keeping our eye out for her during the torchbearer’s challenge. You go girl!!

Help Cancer Research with a Charity Gift

You can also help by purchasing a charity gift from the Cancer Research gift shop. There is a great selection of gifts to choose from, plus they offer a great gift wrapping service and super fast delivery. Plus you have the piece of mind to know that all profits are going towards the fight to help beat cancer.

> > Click here to visit the Cancer Research gift shop

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Treat Loved Ones this Christmas at Cancer Research Gift Shop

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alister
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Nov 10 2011
Gifts from Cancer Research UK

With Christmas just around the corner, why not beat the rush for presents and purchase all your goodies from the Cancer Research Gift Shop? There’s a whole host of fantastic charity gift ideas for all the family to choose from, plus a great selection of festive necessities including -

  • Advent calendars
  • Tree decorations
  • Wrapping paper
  • Christmas Crackers
  • Gift Bags

Remember that all the purchases from the Cancer Research Gift Shop help provide funds to tackle this killer disease. The health charity receives no government funding and with cancer survival rates almost doubling in the last 40 years, it’s thanks to your generous donations that, together, we can all try and help beat cancer once and for all.

Help Cancer Research with a Charity Gift

You can also help by purchasing a charity gift from the Cancer Research gift shop. There is a great selection of gifts to choose from, plus they offer a great gift wrapping service and super fast delivery. Plus you have the piece of mind to know that all profits are going towards the fight to help beat cancer.

> > Click here to visit the Cancer Research gift shop

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Alex Warne’s Amazing Cancer Research Story

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alister
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Oct 11 2011

Alex Warne is one of many real Cancer Research UK success stories Alex was just 6 years old when he was diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Leukaemia back in 2003 after his parents noticed he had lost a lot of energy and had aches in his legs. After being diagnosed, intensive chemotherapy treatment was started for a full year.

After this, Alex then underwent over two years if maintenance chemotherapy, which saw Alex wheelchair bound for much of the treatment.

The fantastic news is Alex is now back at school and playing the sports he loves whilst taking part in creative writing sessions which has seen the creation of ‘The Heaven Flower’ story, which was published in 2010

> > Click here for more info on The Heaven Flower

Alex’s mum, Julie, said -

Alex is such an amazing teenager. I want other kids who are going through cancer to be inspired by Alex. But we will never have our carefree life back again – if there is even a slight problem of illness with Alex, I switch to the day of diagnosis again.

This amazing success story is only possible thanks to your kind donations. Cancer Research health charity receive no government funding, and it is thanks to you that they are able to continue their live saving work. With Cancer survival rates almost doubling in the last 40 years, it’s thanks to your generous donations that, together, we can all try and help to beat cancer, once and for all.

Help Cancer Research with a Charity Gift

You can also help by purchasing a charity gift from the Cancer Research gift shop. There is a great selection of gifts to choose from, plus they offer a great gift wrapping service and super fast delivery. Plus you have the piece of mind to know that all profits are going towards the fight to help beat cancer.

> > Click here to visit the Cancer Research gift shop

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Dress to Kill Breast Cancer

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alister
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Sep 6 2011
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With Breast Cancer Awareness month just around the corner (October), and Cancer Research UK are on a mission to turn the month into ‘Frocktober’. That’s right, next month you can grab your most glamorous outfit from your wardrobe, and with your friends you can rock your favourite looks in support of a very good cause.

All you need to do is register for a fundraising pack by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page, then pick a day in October when you would like to invite your friends for a bit of a Sex and the City style shindig. We all have something glamorous tucked away somewhere that very rarely get worn, so why not dig it out and flaunt your fabulous outfits in aid of breast cancer.

If everyone who attends donates £5 each, then there will be a great deal of fresh donations to go towards Cancer Research’s life saving work toy beat this deadly disease. Simply click on the link below to registering for your free Frock Breast Cancer fundraising pack and they’ll send you loads of tips and information on how to get you organised for your big day.

> > Click here for fundraising pack

Help Cancer Research with a Charity Gift

You can also help by purchasing a charity gift from the Cancer Research gift shop. There is a great selection of gifts to choose from, plus they offer a great gift wrapping service and super fast delivery. Plus you have the piece of mind to know that all profits are going towards the fight to help beat cancer.

> > Click here to visit the Cancer Research gift shop

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Cancer Research Latest Ad Campaign

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alister
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Jul 19 2011

Cancer Research UK has released their latest television advertisement which shows how your generous donations are helping thousands of people who are battling cancer each year. The advert features real people who have been affected by cancer, not actors. This hard hitting campaign shows the effect cancer has on people’s lives, not just young and old, but also to everyone that is around them.

Cancer Research health charity receive no government funding, and it is thanks to your kind donations that they are able to continue their live saving work. Cancer survival rates have almost doubled in the last 40 years, and with your continued support this number will only increase. Thank you for all your generous donations, together, we can all help to beat cancer once and for all.

Help Cancer Research with a Charity Gift

You can also help by purchasing a charity gift from the Cancer Research gift shop. There is a great selection of gifts to choose from, plus they offer a great gift wrapping service and super fast delivery. Plus you have the piece of mind to know that all profits are going towards the fight to help beat cancer.

> > Click here to visit the Cancer Research gift shop

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Massive Sale at Cancer Research Online Store

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alister
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Jul 8 2011

Cancer Research UK are having a huge sale on a wide range of items at their online store for a very limited time. Prices have been slashed by up to 50% on selected items, and with such huge choice of bargains available, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Discounted charity gift ideas include -

  • Bingo Game was £9.99 NOW £4.99!!
  • Knitting Doll was £5.99 NOW £3.99!!
  • Jewellery Roll was £4.99 NOW £1.99!!
  • Rubik’s Pepper Mill was £12.99 NOW £6.99!!
  • Xylophone was £8.99 NOW £4.99!!
  • Union Jack Cushion was £17.99 NOW £10.99!!

Plus loads more discounts available for a very limited time. Simply click on the link below, then hit the ‘sale’ tab button to reveal all these delicious discounts, so you start saving today at the Cancer Research UK online store.

> > Order today at Cancer Research UK store

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