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March, 2017

Check4Cancer and Cigna have been working together for the past 14 months to tackle early detection of breast cancer and skin cancer.

Cigna teamed up with BreastHealth UK, in January 2016 to provide OneStop breast cancer diagnostics and with SkinHealth UK in June 2016 to offer customers rapid access to skin cancer specialists across the UK.

BreastHealth UK and SkinHealth UK are part of Check4Cancer Ltd.

We are proud to announce that for the second year running Check4Cancer and Cigna UK have been shortlisted for ‘Diagnostics care provider of the year’. For more information please see: Health Investor Awards 2017.

March, 2017

 Association of Breast Surgery Conference, 15th & 16th May 2017, Belfast Waterfront

July, 2016

A major new study – the largest of its kind ever undertaken – has been hailed as a milestone in the understanding of breast cancer and its causes.

The new study, published in Nature, provides a “near-perfect picture” of the genetic processes that lead to breast cancer and opens up new possibilities for treatment and prevention of the disease.

May, 2016

Gordon Wishart, Professor of Cancer Surgery and Chief Medical Officer of Check4Cancer has called for self-examination to be a priority amongst women as part of the fight against breast cancer.

“Women themselves are the first line of defence when it comes to breast health,” he says, “not only by moderating lifestyle factors that affect their risk but because they are best placed to detect unusual changes in their own bodies. So often cancer makes us feel that we are not in control of our health, but self-checking gives some of that sense of control back. More importantly, it also saves lives: around 90% of breast lumps are found by women themselves.”

April, 2016

New figures released by Cancer Research UK have shown a 12% increase in the rate of cancer since the mid-90s.

More than 352,000 people are now diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year, compared with more than 253,000 people getting the disease every year two decades before (a rise from 540 per 100,000 people in 1993-1995 to 603 per 100,000 in 2011-2013).

February, 2016

2015 proved a turbulent year for national and international politics – but the news that dominated the New Year was cancer, with musicians Lemmy and David Bowie and actor Alan Rickman all dying of the disease within days of each other.

“These deaths occurring so close together were widely regarded as a tragic coincidence,” says Gordon Wishart, Professor of Cancer Surgery and Medical Director of BreastHealth UK (part of Check4Cancer group of companies). “Unfortunately they are indicative of general trends, and we are likely to see this more often. Celebrity cases can help focus attention on efforts to combat the disease, but the important message we need to get across is that cancer affects us all. One in two people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime, so if it is not us, it will be someone we know.”

November, 2015

Sales of bacon and sausages fell by £3m in UK supermarkets in just two weeks following the World Health Organization’s announcement that processed meats are “definite” carcinogens.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, placed processed meats in the same category as smoking, asbestos and plutonium. But, shocking as that sounds, it does not mean that the risk of cancer is elevated to the same level by all these substances or processes.

October, 2015

A research team from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge has found a clue as to why some breast cancers relapse – a discovery that could be the key to more effective treatment.

About one in five people with breast cancer suffer a relapse, with the cancer returning either in the same place as the original tumour or in another part of the body.

October, 2015

To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Professor Gordon Wishart – Gordon Wishart, Professor of Cancer Surgery and Medical Director of Check4Cancer – talks about the importance of breast screening, why it is a success story and how women can help to reduce their own risk.

January, 2016

 

Cigna UK HealthCare Benefits (Cigna) and BreastHealth UK (part of Check4Cancer group of companies) have formed an alliance to offer Cigna customers OneStop breast cancer diagnostics from beginning January 2016. This new service offers customers rapid access to breast cancer specialists.

September, 2015

Earlier this year, we reported on the new cancer task force, set up to combat long waiting times for diagnoses in England – 25% of which were being made too late. Now, further plans have been unveiled, including a target of 95% of people being given a diagnosis or the all-clear within 28 days of being referred by their GP, by 2020.

Figures released in May showed that more than 21,000 people had not been treated within 62 days of their cancer diagnosis in the last financial year, and the NHS had failed to achieve its own targets for treatment. According to these, 85% of cancer patients should be treated within 62 days of being urgently referred by their GP, but just 83.4% were seen on time in 2014-15. While survival rates have been improving, England still lags behind some of the best performing countries. A cross-party committee of MPs recently warned that England’s cancer services had “lost momentum”.

August, 2015

This week, the BBC reports on new research findings that demonstrate how even light consumption of alcohol can increase cancer risk – but the risk primarily affects women.

The US research, published in the British Medical Journal this month, is titled “Light to moderate intake of alcohol, drinking patterns, and risk of cancer” and sets out “to quantify risk of overall cancer across all levels of alcohol consumption among women and men separately, with a focus on light to moderate drinking and never smokers; and assess the influence of drinking patterns on overall cancer risk.”

August, 2015

A new study has revealed that almost a quarter of cancer patients had to make at least three visits to their GP before being sent to hospital for tests that diagnosed their illness.

The research – published in the European Journal of Cancer Care – was undertaken by academics at Cambridge University who studied the experiences of more than 70,000 patients. They found that a total of 23% had been seen by their GP three or more times before being referred to hospital for further scans, blood tests or investigations which diagnosed the illness.

July, 2015

This week, Sarah Montague – a night-time presenter for the BBC – investigated the impact of shift work on health, and found that regular disruption of normal sleep patterns can significantly raise your susceptibility to serious illness, including cancer.

In the programme The Night Shift, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 onMonday 27 July,8.00pm-8.30pm, Sarah Montague, explored how sleeping affects our bodies in the company of two fellow night-workers.

July, 2015

In Cancer: The challenge facing the NHS BBC Health Correspondent Nick Triggle reveals the issues ahead for our struggling health service.

The analysis comes after the recent announcement of a new strategy by NHS England’s cancer taskforce aimed at improving cancer care. Figures released in May showed that more than 21,000 people had not been treated within 62 days of their cancer diagnosis in the last financial year. According to NHS targets, 85% of cancer patients should be treated within 62 days of being urgently referred by their GP, but just 83.4% were seen on time in 2014-15. While survival rates have been improving, England still lags behind some of the best performing countries.

July, 2015

New research suggests that a cheap and safe drug could help half of women with breast cancer to live longer – and lead to a higher proportion of cures.

The study, published in Nature, looked into the effects of the hormone progesterone, and found that is could be used to slow the growth of some tumours.

June, 2015

Like other types of cancer, incidence of breast cancer is increasing, with around 50,000 new cases in the UK per annum. That means there is currently a lifetime risk of one in eight, which is predicted to rise to one in seven by 2024.

In spite of this, breast cancer can be considered a success story, as Gordon Wishart, Professor of Cancer Surgery and Medical Director of Check4Cancer, explains: “While the incidence has been rising, the mortality rate for breast cancer has actually been falling since the 1980s. In fact, 2012 figures showed a fall of 45% for women aged 50-64 since 1989 – the year after the breast screening programme began. It demonstrates very clearly that investment in fighting cancer really can have a significant effect through cancer awareness and early detection.”

June, 2015

An article "Cambridge breast cancer surgeon Prof Gordon Wishart launches new genetic testing company", based on interview with Professor Gordon Wishart, was published By Cambridge News today.

June, 2015

Research published online in the journal Heart reveals that cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, as the UK's No 1 killer – but only among men. Cardiovascular disease is still the most common cause of death among women, and kills more young women than breast cancer, the figures show.

June, 2015

The BBC reports how a new study, led by the World Health Organization's cancer agency, proves the effectiveness of breast cancer screening worldwide. 29 independent experts from 16 countries looked at 40 different studies and concluded that screening really did save lives.

The NHS estimates it saves 1,300 lives a year from breast cancer in the UK – but the proportion of women attending screening in England has dipped over the past few years, suggesting faltering confidence in its effectiveness.

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