Two years away from a breast cancer cure?

No. Sorry. A lot of papers have been reporting work by Dr Justin Stebbing at Imperial College, London. He works on microRNAs and thinks that cures based on this research are possible in the next couple of years.  I don’t agree. MicroRNAs are fascinating but there are very, very few drugs aimed at them. [...]

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New website for CRANES – An Aberdeen Cancer Charity

In April, I wrote about CRANES the Aberdeen based cancer research, “CRANES – Cancer Research Aberdeen and North Scotland” They have just launched their new website, which describes the work they have funded to date and their plans for the future.

So what is the difference between a large charity like Cancer Research UK [...]

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I have blood in my stool (poo) - Do I have cancer?

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How many people who have blood in their stools (poo) have cancer?

There have been two research studies done, looking at thousands of people to work out how many people with a certain symptom are likely to have cancer. If you have blood in your poo or on the toilet paper, then you [...]

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How many people in the UK have had cancer?

In June 2015, the British Journal of Cancer published research looking at the numbers of people, in the UK who had survived cancer. The article is called “Cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom – estimates for 2014”

Why is it an estimate if 2014 has passed? Well, we don’t know which people who have [...]

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Donate your hair!

If you have been following my blog for a while you will know I have written about how your donations can help people having treatment from cancer

You can donate:

Blood -See the Scottish Blood Transfusion Service website for more information Bone Marrow – See “Bone Marrow Donors Save Lives“ Clippings from your Yew [...]

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New BBC TV Series -”The Cell”

I don’t know how I missed this, I don’t watch a lot of TV (and most of what I do watch is Cbeebies, but that’s another story…) The BBC are airing a new, short (3 episode!) series called “The Cell“.  It is about the scientific attempt to study the building blocks of life, in [...]

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I have blood in my urine – Does that mean I have cancer?

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How many people who have blood in their urine (pee), have cancer?

There have been two recent research studies done, looking at thousands of people to work out how many people with a certain symptom are likely to have cancer. If you have blood in your urine, then you should make an appointment and [...]

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Pancreatic Cancer – Why is it so difficult to treat?

I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about pancreatic cancer for a long time. However, I don’t believe in reinventing the wheel!  In this months “Science Update Blog” from Cancer Research UK there is an excellent post called “Why don’t researchers know what causes pancreatic cancer“. This article was posted on the 6th [...]

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Cafe Scientifique – Aberdeen – Winter Programme 2015

Cafe Scientifique events run all over the world, including Aberdeen!  They are short lectures with time for debate and discussion at the end.

The next talk ties in with TechFest 2015 and is given by Dr Wendy Marsden from the University of Edinburgh on “Need Enhancing? Future Health, Future Humans” it is on the [...]

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Do you know a sign or symptom of cancer?

Yesterday Cancer Research UK published a survey of 4,000 people that showed that 1/7 people didn’t know one sign or symptom of cancer. This seems a little hard to believe, you would think that most people realise a lump could be a sign of cancer.  However people weren’t given a list to choose from [...]

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Techfest 2015 – Opening of the Suttie Centre at Foresterhill Hospital

You may know that Aberdeen runs a major festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics called “TechFest”, it takes place from the 11th to the 28th of September 2015.

There are loads of different events on every aspect of science and technology (not just biology) you can find out more on the TechFest website [...]

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Things that you should get checked out…

It’s not often that a news story has me printing off several scientific articles and reaching for my calculator, but a new study published today caught my interest. It is called “Alarm Symptoms and identification of non-cancer diagnoses in primary care: cohort study” and was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).  It was [...]

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Scottish Health Statistics – Figures for 2014

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Last week the Scottish Government released statistics on premature death, these focused on coronary heart disease (which includes heart attacks), stroke and cancer. The population of Scotland is about 5 million,the estimated population for 2014 is 5, 168, 500.

In Scotland, 2014 there were:

8,841 deaths from coronary heart disease (CHD).

5,367 [...]

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Techfest 2015 – Aberdeen Cancer Talk

You may know that Aberdeen runs a major festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics called “TechFest”, it takes place from the 11th to the 28th of September.

There are loads of different events on every aspect of science and technology (not just biology) you can find out more on the TechFest website where [...]

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Internet Videos on Cancer – More Videos

This is a follow on post to  “Internet Videos on Cancer” that I wrote in 2014.*

There is a website from the American television channel NBC that has short (often 1-5 minute) videos on a range of health topics.  You can find the NBC Cancer videos at healthvideo.com/cancer. Please note they are very “American”.  [...]

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The Scientific Method – If we can’t trust science…

If we can’t trust science what can we trust?

This is a geeky post about how scientists do science. Science means many things to many people, but this post applies to virtually all branches of science, be that cancer research or global warning.

Science is a way of checking things out to see if [...]

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Update to the AML Cancer Genome

In November 2014 I wrote about an American laboratory that had sequenced the entire genome of a person with  Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).  A genome is the full DNA sequence of an individual, it includes your genes (you have about 30, 000 different genes) and lots of other stuff called “non-coding DNA”. Off all [...]

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Holidays and Travel

If you are taking a flight soon you might like to know what the seats will be like on your flight.  There is a website from trip advisor that lets you know in advance.  It’s called seatguru.com, you need to know the airline you are flying with and the type of plane to use [...]

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Science, methylation and leukaemia

This is a “science” post.  I haven’t written about methylation (meth-EE-lay-shun) before. Why?  Because it’s complicated. It’s hard to understand and it’s even harder to explain. Why am I writing about it now?  Well, there was an interesting study published today showing how early changes in methylation could lead to the development of leukaemia [...]

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Cancer in comics and on TV

I have previously written a post on cancer in comic books, I thought I’d write a little more about the subject and tell you about some of the links I have found since I wrote the first post in April 2015.

Piled Higher and Deeper (PhD Comics) is a daily comic based on life [...]

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Cancer Course in Aberdeen – Thursday 6th August 2015

Normal blogging service resumes.  If there are any topics you would like to see covered in the coming weeks, please use the “Contact Us” form to email me.

I want to draw attention to an upcoming course in Aberdeen, this Thursday, the 6th of August 2015.  The session is being run by Breast Cancer [...]

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