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

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UK Government’s DNA-mapping project recruits first cancer patients

The UK’s pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project has recruited its first patients with cancer.

Decoding cancer’s secret diary

Cancer Research UK’s Dr Trevor Graham and Dr Andrea Sottoriva discuss their work on the mathematics of how tumours grow and its implications for treatment.

The 0.01 per cent: can over-the-counter genetic tests help you be healthier?

Is the future written in your genes? We investigate whether over-the-counter genetic tests can predict our risk of cancer.

‘Angelina Jolie effect’ sees increase in double mastectomy rates among high-risk women at UK centre

Experts have reported an increase in preventative double mastectomies since Angelina Jolie announced that she had undergone the procedure in 2013.

The 7 questions we must answer to beat cancer

Seven months ago we set about finding the biggest challenges in cancer research.

The world’s best scientific minds worked together with patients to settle on the...

Recently funded research – understanding what makes cancer tick

Thanks to your support, we’re able to fund research into many different aspects of cancer, from treating it to diagnosing it earlier and developing strategies to try and...

Citizen Scientists can spot cancer cells like pathologists, so what happens next?

At the top of every scientific paper, in small, neat typography is a roll call of the researchers who helped make the study happen.

This can be just a few...

Stopping cancer’s scrum for survival

Cancer cells use an array of different techniques to try to outrun a patient’s immune system.

But some of the latest cancer treatments attempt to disrupt these...

Eye gene acts as ‘partner in crime’ in leukaemia mystery case

Emma Williams, a PhD student in Dr Tim Somervailles’s lab at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, writes about the team’s latest discovery.

It’s not just...

New leukaemia gene stops blood cells ‘growing up’

Scientists have identified a gene – FOXC1 – that, if switched on, causes more aggressive cancer in a fifth of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) patients