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

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NHS cancer plan marks first step towards fixing chronic staff shortages

The NHS Cancer Workforce Plan lays out new promises to boost staff numbers in diagnosis and treatment.

Bowel screening and car park cancer scans: what you need to know about the latest NHS announcements

NHS chief, Simon Stevens, has made a string of announcements that he says will help the NHS in England diagnose cancers earlier and improve cancer services.

Could opticians refer patients with suspected brain tumours?

A patient was diagnosed and treated for a brain tumour 8 days after seeing her optician with symptoms. The approach could speed up diagnosis.

General Election 2017: What are the political parties promising for cancer and research?

A week away from the general election, we’ve put some of the manifestos under the microscope to see what they mean for cancer, research and patients.

Prescription history could help GPs diagnose cancer earlier

Scientists are to examine whether identifying patterns in medication given to patients before they develop cancer could improve early diagnosis.

Experimental blood test could offer a glimpse of the future for doctors treating lung cancer

An experimental blood test could offer a way to detect early signs that patients’ lung cancers will return after treatment.

Kidney cancer rates are increasing, so what’s fuelling the surge?

We look at the possible reasons behind the recent rise in kidney cancer rates.

Blood tests, microbes, immunotherapy and more: AACR 2017’s hottest topics

At AACR 2017, thousands of doctors and scientists shared progress in cancer research. Read about the hottest topics.

Nose swab detects tobacco damage linked to lung cancer in smokers

A sample of cells taken from the inside of the nose could be used to indicate the damage caused to cells in the lung by smoking.

A one-off bowel scope helps prevent bowel cancer, but it’s taking time to reach everyone eligible

A one-off screening test can cut bowel cancer risk for at least 17 years.

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