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Latest news, press releases and blog posts from Cancer Research UK.

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Genetic switch for cancer cells’ immortality revealed

Scientists have revealed how a genetic switch involved in the packaging of DNA may be key to a cancer cell’s ability to keep growing.

Low cancer symptom awareness linked to lower chance of survival

In regions where cancer survival is poorer, people on average have lower awareness of cancer symptoms.

Cancer Research UK launches online course to help people talk about cancer

Cancer Research UK is launching its first online course to help people have more confident conversations about cancer.

Precision medicine trial first of its kind to show benefit to patients

A clinical trial for types of advanced cancer is the first of its kind to show that precision medicine can slow down the time it takes for a tumour to grow back

Cancer survival improves in England

Cancer survival has steadily climbed over the last seven years, according to official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

E-cigarettes may have helped 18,000 people quit smoking in 2015

E-cigarettes may have helped about 18,000 people in England to give up smoking in 2015, according to research published in the British Medical Journal today.

Study shows ‘signature’ that radiation damage leaves in our DNA

A new study has shed light on exactly how a certain type of radiation damages human DNA, raising the risk of cancer.

More than 57,000 children become overweight or obese during primary school

Every year 57,100 children who started primary school in England at a healthy weight end up obese or overweight by the time they leave.

Cancer survivors want clear diet advice from their doctors and nurses

People who survive cancer want clear advice from doctors and nurses about what they should eat.

New research reveals cancers need a 'perfect storm' of conditions to develop

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time the ‘perfect storm’ of conditions that cells need to start forming cancer.