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Wales has worst waits for diagnostics, anorexic men underdiagnosed, and viagra boosts skin cancer risk

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines on Thursday 10 April.

The Guardian reports that Wales has the worst UK waiting times record for life-saving tests, according to the latest figures.

Government statistics show that around 42% of people in Wales waiting for diagnostic tests had to wait more than six weeks before they were finally seen. This compares with 1.8% in England and 3.8% in Scotland.

The statistics also show that 16.6% of patients on the Welsh diagnostic waiting list wait longer than 12 weeks.

Meanwhile the BBC writes that young men with an eating disorder are not getting the help and support they need because of a perceptions about a ‘women’s illness’. 

Men are underdiagnosed and undertreated for anorexia and other eating disorders, despite making up about a quarter of cases, a UK study suggests.

Researchers from the University of Oxford and University of Glasgow interviewed 39 young people aged 16 to 25, including 10 men, about their experiences of diagnosis, treatment and support for eating disorders.

And the Daily Mail reports that viagra increases the risk of skin cancer.

A new study shows that men who used the drug were 84% more likely to get melanoma.

It is thought the impotence drug may affect the same genetic mechanism that enables skin cancer to become more invasive.

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