Early flagging of colorectal cancer

A smart computer algorithm that interrogates patient data to identify patients at high risk of colorectal cancer has been reviewed by NICE (https://www.nice.org.uk/advice/mib142/chapter/Summary).
The ColonFlag algorithm uses existing datasets containing age, sex and blood test results to generate a risk score for a person. People with …

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£75 million for prostate cancer

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has promised £75 million for research focused on getting prostate cancer diagnosed earlier and faster. The research will investigate innovative treatments and new studies will particularly target higher-risk groups – including black men, men aged 50 or over and men with …

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TV support for Project 84

ITV’s This Morning programme is championing the campaign for greater recognition and action against male suicide. 84 figures have been placed on the TV building roof to represent the 84 men a week who kill themselves.
Project 84 is driven by Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) …

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Viagra available OTC

A version of sidenafil is now available from pharmacies without a prescription. The 50mg tablet called Viagra Connect is available in packs of four costing £19.99 or eight tablets costing £34.99.
Initially it will be only available from Boots either online or in its pharmacies before …

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Men and zoonoses

Men are at much higher risk of the lesser known hepatitis E virus than women according to Public Health England. Its latest report on infections that may be linked to animals describes 206 cases of hepatitis E in the fourth quarter of 2017 of which …

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New drug promising in prostate cancer

A new androgen receptor inhibitor, apalutamide, has shown promising results in a phase 3 trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine (doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1715546).
Researchers investigated the efficacy of apalutamide in 1207 men with non-metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer and a PSA doubling time of 10 …

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HPV vaccine for men who have sex with men

The HPV vaccination programme is to be extended to men under 45 who have sex with men.
NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) say the programme will start in sexual health (GUM) clinics and HIV clinics in England from April this year.
The announcement comes after …

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Obese men have higher melanoma survival

Obesity almost doubles the odds of survival in men with metastatic melanoma – provided they are not treated with chemotherapy (Lancet Oncology 2018; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30078-0).
The surprise finding comes from an analysis of six randomised trials published between 2006 and 2015 involving a total of 1918 men …

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Use the right language for talking to men about mental health

Words that are in vogue or medically accurate are not necessarily the best choices when trying to engage men in discussions about mental health, according to the Men’s Health Forum (www.menshealthforum.org.uk).
Its report Mind Your Language – How Men Talk About Mental Health combines a review …

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First stroke more likely and earlier in men

The incidence rate of first stroke is 28% higher in men than women, and on average occurs 5 years earlier, according to new estimates from Public Health England (www.gov.uk/government/publications/first-stroke-estimates-in-england-2007-to-2016).
Its analysis of the data from the Health Improvement Network, a general practice database, reports on the …

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