Most of this morning´s papers lead on the research breakthrough which has identified ten different types of breast cancer.
The Daily Mail says the finding that breast cancer is effectively ten diseases and not one brings scientists closer to the “holy grail” of tailoring treatment to individual women, rewriting the rule book on breast cancer care.
The research involved a painstaking analysis of the genetics of 2,000 tumours including many from women in London, Cambridge and Nottingham.
Findings published in Nature revealed there to be ten sub-types of the disease. Each tumour within a particular group shares similar genes and different women with the same type have similar odds of survival.
The “exquisitely detailed” analysis and funded by Cancer Research UK, also revealed several new genes that drive the growth and spread of the disease. This opens the door for the development of drugs that counter their effects, the paper says.
GPs are failing to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis, according to the Daily Telegraph, with many patients having to visit their GP three times before they are diagnosed.
A survey by Arthritis Care found more than nine in ten sufferers said the NHS was not doing enough to ensure rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed early, while three quarters of doctors and health service managers said it was not sufficiently prioritised by the NHS.
Early diagnosis of the condition, where the body attacks its own joints resulting in severe pain and even disability, is key if protective treatment is to have any effect, the paper says.
Arthritis Care questioned 131 patients and 42 doctors and commissioners in the last three months of 2011 to assess the state of NHS services for patients.
The charity said more than half a million people in Britain who suffer from the condition were “systematically and appallingly let down by the NHS” with £8 billion a year being spent on services which are in “disarray”.
Most of the recommendations made three years ago in a Public Accounts Committee report aimed at improving rheumatoid arthritis care are yet to be implemented, the charity added.
On politics, The Guardian says Prime Minister David Cameron faces pressure as NHS waiting times grow.
New research by the Patients Association shows patients are enduring increasingly long delays before having some of the most common forms of surgery, according to official data that casts serious doubt on David Cameron’s pledge to keep NHS waiting times low, the paper says.
A report from the association, based on information supplied by 93 of England’s 170 acute hospital trusts, found that waiting times for a range of elective operations rose between 2010 and 2011.
The average wait before having a new knee fitted rose from 88.9 days to 99.2 days, while patients needing hernia surgery typically waited 78.3 days in 2011 compared with 70.4 the year before. The delay before the removal of gallstones increased over the same period, by 7.4 days, as did the delay before having a new hip (6.3 days longer), hysterectomy (three days) and cataract removed (2.2 days).
It also reveialed that fewer patients are undergoing planned operations such as joint replacements, cataract removal and hernia repairs as the NHS tries to make £20bn of efficiency savings at a time when demand for healthcare is growing.
Finally, the reason that “we do like to be beside the seaside” is revealed in The Independent. It´s because we like the seaside. This earth-shattering conclusion comes from a study presented to the British Psychological Society’s annual meeting in London.
Researchers looked at data from 2,750 participants in a two-year study of people’s engagement with the natural environment.
All outdoor locations were associated with positive feelings of enjoyment, calmness and refreshment, they discovered..
Visits to the coast were the most beneficial, while urban parks had the least effect, the Indie reports.