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The chances of developing and surviving cancer vary considerably depending on where you live.
Research into cancer survival rates found that only the Czech Republic, Poland and Denmark had worse rates for surviving bowel cancer than Britain while cervical cancer rates were worse in only Ireland and Poland, the Health at a Glance 2013 study found.
Here is a breakdown of the study's findings:
- Britain also had higher rates of infant death than most other countries, the Health at a Glance 2013 study found.
- It recorded 4.3 deaths out of every 1,000 births compared with the OECD average of 4.1.
- Researchers also found that more than 40 per cent of 15 year olds in the UK have been drunk more than twice and it was one of four countries where more girls than boys reported drunkenness.
Scientists believe that the more nuts people eat, the less likely they are to die over a period of 30 years.
Dr Ying Bao, who co-authored the research from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said:
– Dr Ying Bao from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston
In all these analyses, the more nuts people ate, the less likely they were to die over the 30-year follow-up period.
Here is a breakdown of some of the results from the analysis:
- The results from the analysis showed that all-cause death rates were reduced by 11 per cent in people who ate nuts once a week.
- 13 per cent in those who ate them two to four times a week.
- 15 per cent when nuts were consumed five to six times a week.
- Individuals with a daily nut habit were 20 per cent less likely to die over three decades.
New research suggests a person's chances of dying from heart disease or cancer is reduced "significantly" by eating nuts, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr Charles Fuchs, from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, who led the study said: "The most obvious benefit was a reduction of 29 per cent in deaths from heart disease - the major killer of people in America."
He added that there was also a 11 per cent reduction in the risk of people dying from cancer.
The study also found that nut-eaters tend to be more health conscious than average members of the public.
The findings, drawing on data on almost 120,000 US men and women.
Eating nuts significantly reduces a person's chances of dying from heart disease or cancer, research has shown.
Scientists found that the more nuts people ate, the less likely they were to die over a period of 30 years.
A daily handful of nuts cut death rates from any cause by a fifth, reduced those related to heart disease by nearly 30 per cent, and lowered the chances of dying from cancer by 11 per cent.
Regular nut-eaters also enjoyed the added benefit of being slimmer than those who avoided nuts.
Britain's cancer survival rates are lagging behind the rest of Europe and other major economies, with just Poland and Ireland faring worse in some strains of the disease, an international health study has revealed.
Experts said 10,000 lives a year could be saved if the United Kingdom managed to simply meet the average rates achieved across Europe.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report compares key health records from its 34 member countries as well as the so-called BRIC countries and other nations where possible.
It found that women with breast cancer were more likely to reach the five-year survival point in almost all countries other than Britain, with only the Czech Republic, Poland and Ireland trailing behind.
Scientists say ancient viruses inherited from Neanderthals have been found in modern human DNA.
Researchers at Oxford University's Department of Zoology are looking at possible links between the retroviruses, which are hard-wired into our DNA, and modern diseases such as Aids and cancer.
Around 8% of human DNA is made up of such retroviruses, which are passed from generation to generation.
It is thought they may have originated from an ancestor common to both Neanderthals and early humans more than half a million years ago.
A survey which showed 86% of people were unaware of the link between alcohol and breast cancer showed "we are still not having the right conversation" about drink, a health charity warned.
Alcohol Concern found more than half of the 2,000 people they spoke to were oblivious to connection between alcohol and major cancers.
Health campaigner Emily Robinson urged drinkers to put down the bottle and join in Dry January for their own health.
– Director of campaigns at Alcohol Concern Emily Robinson
It's all too easy to slip into unhealthy habits and find that you're drinking alcohol at a level which can put you at risk for a range of illnesses such as cancer and stroke.
These survey results show we are still not having the right conversation about alcohol.
Dry January is aimed at people who do not have an alcohol problem but who might be drinking a bit too much, too often.
Having the break allows us all to think about what we're drinking, break those bad habits and in the long term cut down and improve our health.
Over half of the general public are ignorant of the link between alcohol, bowel, mouth and throat cancer and its ability to increase the risk of a stroke, researchers have found.
According to a new poll into public understanding of the health problems caused by alcohol:
- More than a third, 34%, had never been asked how much they drink by a doctor or nurse.
- Over two thirds, 66%, did not know there was a link between alcohol and bowel cancer.
- More than half, 59%, did not realise it increased the risk of a stroke.
- 58% of people said they did not know there was a link between alcohol and mouth and throat cancer.
- There was some good news. A further 59% knew alcohol was associated with depression and 58% knew it had an effect on fertility.
Over three quarters of people were unaware of the link between alcohol and breast cancer, a poll has found.
At least 86% of the 2,000 people quizzed were ignorant of the link between alcohol and breast cancer, health charity Alcohol Concern found.
Early diagnosis has been key to improving survival rates in cancer, according to new research. Medical charities have blamed late diagnosis and a lack of urgency when it comes to introducing new technology on why Britain seems to be lagging behind the rest of Europe.