Contraceptive pill linked to prostate cancer increase
A group of Canadian scientists are calling for more detailed research to be carried out to investigate the possible link between the use of the contraceptive pill and rising cases of prostate cancer.
It comes after a study conducted by the researchers suggested incidences of prostate cancer are higher in areas of the world where use of the contraceptive pill was also popular.
Other contraceptive products used by women such as condoms or the coil have not been linked to the male cancer.
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Although the researchers have stressed the findings are purely statistical and more research needs to be done to clarify the links, they believe an increased exposure to oestrogen could cause men to be more susceptible to prostate cancer.
They have also said that when passed in urine, the oestrogen hormone could have contaminated drinking water supplies and the food chain.
As part of the research, the scientists compared two sets of data from 2007 from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the United Nations World Contraceptive Use report.
They used the data to identify rates of prostate cancer and disease associated deaths along with the number of women using an oral contraceptive pill.
The link between the two was found to be strongest in Europe although the study showed the connection and link were irrespective of a nation’s wealth.
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Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”