Modern lifestyle, fast food and pollution causing 40% child cancer rise

Doctors tackling rising cancer rates in children are ‘fighting a losing battle’ because of modern lifestyle factors like fast food and pollution, a Bristol professor fears. Growing numbers of young people are being diagnosed with cancer because of damage caused by environmental factors like junk food. The Children with Cancer UK charity studied official statistics to reveal 40 per cent more young people are being diagnosed with variations of the illness than 16 years ago, with 1,300 more cases every year than in 1998. A University of Bristol professor, Dr Denis…

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40% rise in children with cancer blamed on modern lifestyle

The number of cancer cases in children has leapt by 40% in less than two decades because of pollution, pesticides and gadgets, new analysis shows. There are 1,300 more diagnoses of the disease a year in people under the age of 25 compared to 1998 – costing the NHS £130m extra a year. Cases of colon cancer in children are up 200%, while thyroid cancer cases have more than doubled. Ovarian and cervical cancer cases have also seen stark rises – up by 70% and 50% respectively, analysis of ONS…

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Cell Phones, Cancer and the Anatomy of a Health Scare

            The latest study supposedly linking cell-phone radiation to cancer was meant to serve the public good. But its effect on the public has been bad. The $25 million government-funded experiment produced confusion and scary headlines, but little in the way of useful information — beyond perhaps an indication of where the science publicity machine is broken. This wasn’t necessarily a case of bad science. The researchers, from the National Toxicology Program, subjected one group of rats to high doses of radiation of a frequency…

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Bowel cancer: Stents ‘may prevent need for colostomy bags’

Bowel cancer patients may avoid the need for colostomy bags if they are first treated by having an expandable tube inserted at the site of their blockage, cancer doctors have said. The new approach, presented at the world’s biggest cancer conference, showed that the tube, or stent, cut the risk of complications from surgery. Experts said colostomy bags, to collect faeces, often frightened patients. Globally, nearly 1.4 million cases of bowel cancer are diagnosed each year. In the UK, more than a fifth of the cancers go undetected until the…

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