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Attacking cancer

The annual review of the NHS Breast Screening Programme concludes that breast cancer screening in the UK has saved many lives. The service saw more women than ever before and is on target to save 1,250 lives per year. A patient's chance of survival is higher if the disease is diagnosed early and the scheme appears to pick up the cancer at a treatable stage. Meanwhile, MPs have been asked to address concerns about male cancers. The Institute of Cancer Research says there is a need to examine the issue of funding for an evaluation of the possible benefits of early prostate cancer screening. The Institute also wants to see increased resources for basic research including improved medication, gene identification, environmental factors and better procedures for early detection. It is estimated that prostate cancer kills 10,000 men in the UK each year. Testicular cancer, which affects primarily young men, can be cured in 96 percent of cases if detected early.

Sources: BBC News Online Network; Press release (The Institute of Cancer Research)

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