One in three women over 50 has delayed or not attended their cervical screening test, which should take place every five years, according to a survey from a cervical cancer charity. The average delay was more than two years, but one in 10 put off the test for more than five years. Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust surveyed 1,000 women over 50. It said not attending cervical screening was the biggest risk factor to developing cervical cancer. The survey found a lack of understanding
Cancer death rates in the UK have fallen by about 10% in the past 10 years, the latest figures show. In 2013, 284 out of every 100,000 people died from cancer. In 2003, it was 312. Improvements in diagnosis and treatment are thought to be the reason. The death rate for men fell 12% and for women by 8%, narrowing the gender gap. But the actual number of cancer deaths rose - from 155,000 in 2003 to 162,000 in 2013 - as more people live longer and develop the disease in old age.
A small sponge-like implant that can mop up cancer cells as they move through the body has been developed by US researchers. So far tested in mice, it is hoped the device could act as an early warning system in patients, alerting doctors to cancer spread. The implant also seemed to stop rogue cancer cells reaching other areas where new tumours could grow. The findings appear in Nature Communications. Cancer Research UK said nine in 10 cancer deaths were caused by the disease