Research studies conducted to find ways to combat cancer are producing positive results with increasing frequency. Two recent research studies are reporting very encouraging news on the fight against the Big ‘C’ (Metro page 11 – 20 August 2008):
1) Study conducted by the Cancer Research UK:- the study shows the percentage of teenagers and young adults with cancer surviving now than 25 years ago has risen 11 per cent. It says the survival rates for 13 to 24-year-olds has jumped from 63 per cent between 1974 and 1984 to 74 per cent between 1996 and 2001. It says blood cancer leukaemia records the highest the biggest increase – a significant 21 per cent.
2) Study conducted by Durham University – this study focuses on bowel cancer. This type of cancer is the third most common one in Britain, 36,000 people are diagnosed to have it each year. It is only one rank below cervical cancer.A technique has been developed to identify aggressive bowel cancers. it offers hope for better survival. Research conducted on tissue samples gathered from 700 patients found those who had a protein called Lamin A were more likely to have a deadlier form of the disease. Scientists from this university say if this stem cells marker is detected early, a combination of chemotherapy and surgery may ensure a better prognosis.
Things sure are looking up on this front, real progress has certainly been recorded. This is a wonderful development, hope the news media in the developing countries and the less-developed countries are keeping their readers informed with this positive development, it would give their confidence a big boost.
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