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Pressure’s on for a perfect Christmas: Unrealistic expectations put Brits’ health at risk

xmas-ball-ballsResearch released from Bupa UK reveals that three-quarters (74%) of Brits find Christmas stressful, with the pressure of delivering the ‘perfect’ Christmas as a leading cause. When asked for one thing they would change about Christmas, the most popular response was the ‘unrealistic expectations’ people put on themselves. A fifth (20%) of Brits suffer from this self-imposed pressure, with a quarter (24%) of women feeling the strain.
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£226 million UK investment in cancer research announced

hospital2Cancer Research UK has announced the largest investment to date into its network of Centres across the UK. £190 million has been committed to 13 Cancer Research UK Centres over the next five years. Additionally, Cancer Research UK and the Departments of Health are investing £36 million over five years into 18 Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMCs) for adult patients and also a network of Centres for children. The huge investment will draw together world class research and medical expertise to accelerate advances in research and support clinical trials essential to getting lifesaving treatments to patients.
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Mouth cancer rates soar over 20 years

A new Cancer Research UK analysis reveals that rates of mouth (oral) cancer have jumped by 68 per cent in the UK over the last 20 years. The figures – released during Mouth Cancer Action Month – reveal the cancer is on the rise for men and women, young and old, climbing from eight to 13 cases per 100,000 people over the last two decades.
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Stress leaves Generation X old before their time

Bupa has, for the first time, made public its analysis of over 60,000 procedures and over 4.7 million hits to its online health information pages in 2015. The most striking trend was the number of procedures undertaken to treat younger generations for conditions usually associated with old age. Haemorrhoid removal and varicose veins were two of the most common procedures for 26-35 and 36-45 year olds within the category of surgical Heart and Circulatory Diseases.
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Don’t judge a body by its cover

coverNew research from Bupa has exposed a misguided approach to monitoring health, with people assuming they are healthy as long as they look alright. Over half (51%) of the British population believe all is well on the inside if everything looks okay on the outside, and would only change their lifestyle if they had a warning from a doctor. The report, commissioned by Bupa’s Health Clinics to understand attitudes to maintaining wellbeing, highlighted a strong focus on how we look over how we feel. A third of people would only change their health habits if they could look better as a result and nearly a quarter (23.2%) would do it if they started to see the effects of ageing. This is despite the fact that 36% of people admit to unhealthy sleep patterns and 40% say they’re stressed.
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Researchers deploy viruses to improve cancer treatments

treatmentSTAND UP TO CANCER-funded researchers are using viruses to ramp up the effectiveness of a range of cancer treatments – including immunotherapy and radiotherapy, in a new study. The scientists, based at The Institute for Cancer Research, London, are looking at how specialised viruses that hunt down and attack cancer cells, could be used treat the disease alongside other treatments.
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Annual UK cancer cases set to soar to half a million in less than 20 years

Five hundred thousand people will be diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK by 2035 if trends continue, according to a Cancer Research UK study published in the British Journal of Cancer. Today, more than 352,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK. The increase would mean 150,000 extra cases diagnosed annually in 20 years’ time.
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Bupa issues rallying cry to independent healthcare sector

Bupa will issue a rallying cry to the independent healthcare sector to fight harder for customers, affordability and to be bolder in talking about its contribution to the UK healthcare system. Growing uncertainty over NHS funding has prompted more people to consider paying for healthcare. 52% said that rationing of services would prompt them to consider purchasing health insurance and 70% of people think those who pay for healthcare are relieving pressure on the NHS.
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