The secret that kills: Focus on prostate cancer
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Experts scrap prostate screening proposal
UK experts have recommended against a screening programme for prostate cancer, saying its potential harms would outweigh any benefits.
The UK National Screening Committee says after weighing all the evidence, screening for this male cancer using a blood test called PSA is not advisable.
Warn men of prostate test distress, study urges
Men should be warned that testing for prostate cancer can lead to unnecessary distress, researchers urge.
While the test is not routinely offered in the UK, men over 45 may request one.
If a man has high levels of the protein prostate specific antigen, a biopsy is carried out, which in most cases shows there is no cancerous growth at all.
A British Journal of Cancer study found for 20% this was a distressing process, and that for some these feelings continued even after a negative result.
Small daily aspirin dose 'cuts cancer risk'
A small daily dose of aspirin - 75mg - substantially reduces death rates from a range of common cancers, a study suggests.
Research at Oxford University and other centres found that it cut overall cancer deaths by at least a fifth.
The study, published in the Lancet, covered some 25,000 patients, mostly from the UK.
Experts say the findings show aspirin's benefits often outweighed its associated risk of causing bleeding... Professor Rothwell said the annual risk of major internal bleeding was about 1 in 1,000 and aspirin roughly doubled that risk. But he said the danger of major bleeding was "very low" in middle age but increased dramatically after 75. A sensible time to consider starting daily aspirin use would be between 45-50, continuing for around 25 years, he said.
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