Endless dilemma over the big C

There is a lot more that needs to be done to improve outcomes of rare cancers. Diagnostic accuracy, better treatment and prognosis are the need of the hour The Indian healthcare system has markedly improved in the last few years. However, one of the areas where it lacks is judicious treatment of rare cancers. The […]

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Smokeless tobacco out of tax net, health warnings in many countries

Study in Lancet Oncology highlights gaps in smokeless tobacco control; says its not taxed in many countries, health warnings often not enforced A paper published today in Lancet Oncology describes the extent of the policy implementation gap in smokeless tobacco (SLT) control – for India smokeless tobacco is a major problem. Professor Ravi Mehrotra, Director […]

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Science and health for all children with cancer

In recent years, 5-year survival rates for children with cancer (typically equating to cure) have risen to ~80% in most high-income countries (HICs) (1–4). This progress reflects partly the optimized use of conventional therapies (e.g., cytotoxic drugs) through better risk stratification of patients. For example, on the basis of molecular prognostic markers, treatments are intensified […]

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How Hookah Smoking Can Hurt Your Heart

Hookah smoking may seem harmless, as it’s most often done occasionally in social situations only, but smoking tobacco in water pipes can be quite damaging to your heart, a new study warns. A report in the medical journal Circulation published March 8 finds that people who smoke from a water pipe, also known as hookah, narghile or […]

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HPV vaccine uptake among girls in Ireland rises to 70%

The uptake of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer has risen to 70 per cent, a rise of 20 percentage points in just over two years, according to the Health Service Executive (HSE). The latest figures mark a further recovery in demand for the vaccine, which was the subject of a vigorous campaign of opposition […]

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Global health and cancer

Richard Horton1 vividly points out the current and growing deficiency in global cancer care, and the relative inattention this problem receives compared with infectious diseases. Repeated arguments against treatment include those he presented, with emphasis on prevention as the only current serious investment. Although meritorious, this approach is wholly inadequate. Imagine the outcry if that […]

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Lacking infrastructure to tackle cancer

India’s cancer cases are increasing by the day. As noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) have emerged as the country’s dominant cause of death, cancer has become India’s second biggest killer – behind only heart disease. Yet as recent figures show, there is a huge lack of infrastructure to tackle one of India’s foremost health crises. Just 62 […]

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