AACR meeting 2016

The American Association for Research on Cancer (AACR) annual meeting took place last week in New Orleans, involving close to 20,000 participants covering academia, government organisations, charities and private industry. Quite a few Epicentre colleagues were at the AACR this year, and had some interesting post-meeting thoughts. For those who have participated in previous AACR […]

Bad luck and cancer risk

Those of us at Epicentre have long appreciated that bad luck plays a part in the risk of getting a cancer. This conclusion seems to be unavoidable once it is understood that a cancer results from a series of genetic mutations or other deleterious genomic events that occur over time within a single cell […]

Coffee: Elixir of health or just plain muddy water?

Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed beverages with an estimated 2.25 billion cups consumed per day worldwide. The first evidence for coffee drinking can be traced to the 15th century in Yemen’s Sufi monasteries but it wasn’t until the 17th century that coffee became popular in Europe. The establishment of European coffee houses […]

Good news for research into early detection of cancer

Of the 14,000,000 cancer cases that occur globally each year, over half will eventually die from their disease, usually within 5 years of diagnosis. Even though there is much excitement about new treatments for cancer that target specific genomic aspects of the tumour (so called personalised medicines) it is hard to envisage how this strategy […]

What is the probability of developing cancer?

One in two of us will develop cancer at some point over the course of lifetime. This is the result of a recent study that was published recently in the British Journal of Cancer (1). Epidemiologists from Queen Mary’s University of London, UK, estimated the lifetime risk of developing cancer in the UK using data […]