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The latest news in cancer research, health and policy by Cancer Research UK.

We cover developments in cancer treatments, research into cancer risk and diagnosis as well as the latest cancer science stories. You'll also find analysis and comment on health and cancer policy. 


Government figures show extent of summer holiday drinking

New figures from the 'Know Your Limits' campaign show that many Britons drink excessive amounts of alcohol on their summer holidays.

Quantity not type of alcohol increases breast cancer risk

A large study has confirmed that the more alcohol a woman drinks, the greater her risk of breast cancer - regardless of the type of alcohol consumed.

Less booze not more veg is key to cut cancer risk

People should be warned that cancer is linked to obesity and alcohol, rather than urged to eat more fruit and vegetables to protect against the disease.

Teenage smokers at higher risk of alcohol abuse

Teenage smokers are at a greater risk of alcohol abuse in later life than their non-smoking peers, says new research by the Washington University School of Medicine.

Moderate drinking 'ups cancer risk'

Women who consume just three small alcoholic drinks a week face an increased risk of breast cancer, US researchers have warned.

HPV pushes oral cancer cases past 6,000 a year

The number of oral cancer cases diagnosed each year in the UK has risen above 6,000 for the first time, new figures from Cancer Research UK show today.

Four healthy behaviours may add 14 years to lifespan

Scientists have found that adopting four healthy behaviours - regular exercise, not smoking, moderate alcohol consumption and eating five daily portions of fruit and...

Alcohol flush gene could reveal oesophageal cancer risk

People who lack an enzyme that causes their skin to flush when they drink alcohol may be more likely to develop oesophageal (gullet) cancer, even if they only drink...

Alarming rise in oral cancer rates among forty-somethings

Rates of oral cancers, such as cancers of the mouth, tongue and lip, have increased by around a quarter in the past decade among people in their 40s, according to figures...

One in 25 deaths attributable to alcohol

One in 25 deaths worldwide and as many as one tenth in Europe can be attributed to alcohol consumption, scientists have said.