Cancer and Complementary Therapies
In this week's show, Professor Fran Balkwill from the Cancer Institute at St. Bartholomew's and The Royal London, and Professor Andrew Wyllie, Head of the Department of Pathology at Cambridge University, discuss cancer, how cancer spreads and how the body responds, Dr Toby Murcott, a science writer and broadcaster, talks about complementary medicines and how they might be tested, and Dr Chris Smith flies through a host of discoveries from the other side of the pond, where he reports live from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington.
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Why does cancer tend to be more common in older people?
My dad died from cancer. What are the chances that I or my brothers will get cancer? Are there genes for cancer?
My grandfather, father, aunt, all my siblings and I have had cancer. Are we an example of cancer being hereditary? The cancers weren't the same. Two were in the breast, one had it in the kidneys, one in the bladder and two in the colon.
I just wanted to pick up on the point you mentioned about inflammatory disease. I have rheumatoid arthritis and have gone on to develop cancer of the breast. I wondered if I would have been considered more at risk?