Latest Institute of Cancer Research Stories

2008-07-15 10:45:00

Researchers at The University of Nottingham have shown an association between certain past diagnostic radiation procedures and an increased risk of young-onset prostate cancer "” a rare form of prostate cancer which affects about 10 per cent of all men diagnosed with the disease. The study, the first of its kind to report the relationship between low dose ionizing radiation from diagnostic procedures and the risk of prostate cancer, was funded by the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation...

2008-06-18 18:00:09

By Sam Wood PEOPLE living in the north of England are more likely to die from cancer than those living in the rest of the country, according to a report released today. The National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) says cancer deaths in the region are about 20% higher than the rest of England. Experts believe the north-south divide is due to a number of factors, especially higher smoking rates in the north, which are linked to increased risks of smoking-related cancers. In 2005,...

2005-08-31 18:49:20

Breakthrough Breast Cancer today announce that UK scientists have discovered that a gene "“ named after the James Bond villain Scaramanga "“ can trigger the development of breasts. This has important implications for breast cancer, as reported in the journal Genes and Development. During the development of an embryo, formation of organs is tightly controlled by specific genes. In the case of breasts, this process controls the development of two breasts in humans but this can go...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'