The 2016 Boyer Lectures: Health inequalities and the causes of the causes

There are large inequalities in health within and between countries. The first 2016 Boyer Lecture looks at the social determinants of health: the conditions in which people are born, grow, live and work; and inequities in power and resources. Listen now …

Rare genes increase breast cancer risk

Most women know about the BRCA 1 and 2 gene mutations and how they significantly increase a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer.

But they probably haven’t heard of the rare genes PALB2 and ATM, which pose a similar risk – according to new research.

A large global study led by researchers at the University of Melbourne and Cancer Council Victoria has confirmed these genes increase the risk of breast cancer.

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Brave nurse encourages women to have mammogram after her own breast cancer battle

A MT Druitt nurse has urged women to get regular mammograms after she was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer.

Lourdes Catap, 55, shared her breast cancer story reently in a Western Sydney Health video, aimed at reiterating the importance of regular breast screening.

An emergency department nurse, Mrs Catap said she owed her life to the early detection provided by a routine mammogram at Mt Druitt Hospital’s Sunflower Clinic five years ago.

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Prostate cancer MRIs saving lives – but only if you can pay

MRIs, doctors’ latest weapon against prostate cancer, are saving lives – but at up to $800, they can be a financial bridge too far for someone on the pension or the poverty line, without private insurance.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer killer of men. Traditional Medicare-covered diagnostics are the dreaded digital exam and blood tests, with biopsies needed for the final say.

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Des Rowley keeps truckin’ after prostate cancer scare

Des Rowley has lived his life in a truck, and he’s not wanting to stop yet.

The 69-year-old Queanbeyan resident got his truck driving licence at 21 and has been driving semi-trailers full-time since age 27, in the mid-1970s.

But a prostate cancer diagnosis in 2007 threatened to end the happy times in his blue Kenworth, where he often delivers for quarries.

“I went to my GP saying I’m having trouble with the waterworks, and he said, ‘It could be prostate or diabetes, we’ll check it up’.”

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Radioactive prostate cancer drug given NHS go-ahead

A radioactive prostate cancer drug has been recommended for routine NHS use following a decision by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).
Radium-223 dichloride, marketed as Xofigo, could be made available for treating prostate cancer patients as early as December.
The draft guidance on the drug – which homes in on tumours that have spread to the bones and attacks them with alpha radiation – is seen by charities an “important victory” for some patients.
It is hoped that Radium-223 can be used to help those who are too unwell to undertake chemotherapy.
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