Fenland above national average for people who smoke, according to a report

Ely Standard - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 12:50

Fenland has the highest rate of smokers in the country with one in three people who can’t kick the habit compared to a national average of one in five, according to figures revealed this week.

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Late cancer diagnosis 'costing lives and money'

NHS Choices - Behind the Headlines - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 12:30

"Almost half of cancer patients diagnosed too late," says The Guardian, citing a new report that explored both the financial and health impact of late cancer diagnosis.

The late diagnosis of almost all types of cancer usually means the disease has already spread within the body, making it less treatable, reducing a patient's chances of survival, and potentially increasing the cost of effective treatments.

This means an enduring aim of cancer treatment is to pick up the disease as soon as possible, so treatment is more likely to be effective.

The report predicted around 52,000 cases of four common cancers (colon, rectallung and ovarian) may be spotted too late every year, costing the NHS around an extra £150 million to treat.

Various theories have been put forward to explain why this is the case, including "patients put[ting] their heads in the sand when they feared cancer", and how "doctors are struggling to get patients seen quickly".


Who produced this report on late cancer diagnoses?

The report was produced by Incisive Health, a specialist health policy and communications consultancy, in collaboration with experts at Cancer Research UK, a leading cancer charity. It was funded by Cancer Research UK.

The report – titled "Saving lives, averting costs: an analysis of the financial implications of achieving earlier diagnosis of colorectal, lung and ovarian cancer" – presumed that early diagnosis is crucial, and aimed to uncover the financial implications of achieving earlier diagnosis for colon, rectal, non-small cell lung (the most common type of lung cancer) and ovarian cancers.

The report estimated the number of people currently diagnosed with cancer using national guidance and data sources. This included data on the stage of the cancer when it was diagnosed (where available), and the authors calculated the cost of treatment. They then modelled what would happen if the cancers had been diagnosed earlier.


Links To The Headlines

Almost half of cancer patients diagnosed too late. The Guardian, September 22 2014

50,000 lives cut short by cancer diagnosis failings. The Daily Telegraph, September 22 2014

52,000 cancer cases a year are spotted too late: Delays blamed on 'stiff upper lip' mentality and pressure on GPs not to refer patents for costly tests. Mail Online, September 22 2014

Almost half of cancers 'caught too late'. ITV News, September 22 2014

Links To Science

Cancer Research UK. Half of cancers diagnosed at late stage as report shows early diagnosis saves lives and could save the NHS money. September 22 2014

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Air France offers to postpone low-cost project to end strike

Reuters UK Business News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 12:21
PARIS (Reuters) - The head of Air France-KLM offered on Monday to postpone roll-out of its European low-cost operation until the end of the year in a bid to end a week-long pilots' strike costing it millions of euros a day.

Barclays to invest $1.6 billion in green bonds by November 2015

Reuters UK Business News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 12:15
LONDON (Reuters) - Barclays will invest at least 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion) by November next year in green bonds from issuers including the World Bank, the British bank said on Monday, more than trebling its investment in the sector.

Electra says criticism from activist Bramson 'beggars belief'

Reuters UK Business News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 12:09
LONDON (Reuters) - The chief executive of British private equity firm Electra has hit back at Edward Bramson, saying the activist investor's criticism of its investment record "beggars belief" and questioning his revamp proposals.

Obama tries Reagan touch on economy, but wages weigh

Reuters UK Business News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 12:04
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, stumping for the Democrats ahead of November's congressional elections, has twice invoked Ronald Reagan's seminal campaign question: "are you better off than you were four years ago?"

Merck KGaA to buy Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion

Reuters UK Business News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:58
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA said it agreed to acquire Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion (10.41 billion pounds) in cash to boost its Merck Millipore lab supplies business in the biggest takeover in the German group's history, lifting its shares.

Alibaba issues additional shares to raise IPO total to $25 billion - report

Reuters UK Business News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:55
(Reuters) - The underwriters of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's IPO have issued additional shares, according to the Wall Street Journal, bringing the IPO's size to about $25 billion (15.3 billion pounds) and making it the largest initial public offering in history.

Cambridgeshire battles to keep qualified social workers, report says

Ely Standard - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:54

A battle is on to keep qualified social workers employed across Cambridgeshire with the news that 57 have left in the last year leaving the vacancies to be filled by higher paid agency staff.

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Tesco cuts profit outlook again and suspends staff after accounting error

Reuters UK Business News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:54
LONDON (Reuters) - Tesco cut its profit forecast for the third time this year on Monday and suspended four members of staff after finding a fault in its accounts, another blow to the reputation of Britain's biggest grocer.

Dairy Crest to shut Hanworth, Chard units, cut 260 jobs

Reuters UK Business News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:47
(Reuters) - Dairy Crest Group Plc , Britain's largest dairy food company, plans to cut about 260 jobs as it shuts two sites, citing lower demand for glass bottles and financial viability.

Siemens in agreed $7.6 billion deal to buy Dresser-Rand

Reuters UK Business News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:46
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Industrial conglomerate Siemens AG said on Monday it would buy U.S. oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group Inc for $7.6 billion (4.65 billion pounds) in a move that would significantly boost the German company's oil and gas business in North America.

Art Unequalled - 18th and 19th October 2014

Events - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:30
Date:  Saturday, 18 October 2014 - 10:30am - 5:00pm Sunday, 19 October 2014 - 10:30am - 5:00pm Art Unequalled

An event to showcase superb art and craft.

Purchase direct from high quality artists

Watch how artists create work

Enjoy and learn with a free programme of artist talks and demonstrations

Be entralled with tales from around the globe from a professional storyteller

See website for full programme


Adults: £2, Concessions: £1.50, accompanied children under 15: free

Website:  Art Unequalled Location The Maltings Ship Lane Ely CB7 4BB United Kingdom See map: Google Maps

Total to sell off more assets, cuts oil output target

Reuters UK Business News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:28
LONDON (Reuters) - French oil company Total is to step up plans to sell off assets, cut investments and reduce operating costs to deliver on a promise to generate $15 billion (9.17 billion pounds) in free cash flow in 2017.

Growth in China's factory sector seen stalling in September

Reuters UK Business News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:27
BEIJING (Reuters) - Growth in China's large factory sector probably stalled in September, adding to worries the economy could be at risk of a sharper slowdown unless Beijing rolls out more stimulus measures, a Reuters poll showed on Monday.

Bundesbank says German economy robust but cautions on August

Reuters UK Business News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:16
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's economy remains robust, the country's central bank said on Monday, predicting a generally positive end to the year despite a slowdown so far.

Man charged in connection with business premises burglary in Eriswell

Newmarket Journal - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:12

A 27-year-old man arrested by police in connection with the burglary of a business premises in Eriswell has been charged.

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Ultrasonic CEO resurfaces in China, denies taking off with cash

Reuters UK Business News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:10
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The missing chief executive of embattled German-listed Chinese shoe maker Ultrasonic AG has resurfaced in China to deny absconding with millions of dollars of company money, telling local media he had been travelling and lost his phone.

FTSE falls as Tesco tumbles

Reuters UK Business News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 10:54
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top equity index slid on Monday, led lower by supermarket retailer Tesco which slumped after finding a fault in its accounts that led it to overstate its first-half profit forecast.

EU conditions do not jeopardise EDF's Hinkley Point project - source

Reuters UK Business News - Mon, 22/09/2014 - 10:53
PARIS (Reuters) - Conditions set by European Union state aid regulators to approve French utility EDF's plan to build a nuclear plant in Hinkley Point, Britain will not jeopardise the 19 billion euro (15.06 billion pounds) project, a person familiar with the matter said.