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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. 

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Professor Stephen West awarded Cancer Research UK’s lifetime achievement prize

Professor Stephen West of the Francis Crick Institute has been awarded the Cancer Research UK lifetime achievement award for his pioneering work in DNA repair.

'Targeted' breast and ovarian cancer drug could have far wider application

Canadian researchers have shown that the targeted cancer drug olaparib can also reduce the size of tumours in a substantial minority of ovarian cancer patients.

Israeli researchers developing BRCA 'radiation' test

A new blood test that measures cells' response to radiation could detect inherited faults in a person's BRCA genes, according to Israeli researchers.

Cauliflower and broccoli boost cancer protection

Naturally occurring chemicals found in vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage can enhance DNA repair in cells, which may stop them becoming cancerous

Hundreds more breast cancer patients should be tested for BRCA1 gene

Leading breast cancer experts are calling for women under 50 diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer to be offered testing for faults in the BRCA1 gene.

Gene study backs promise of breast cancer drugs to treat hereditary prostate cancer

How prostate cancer develops in men who have an altered 'breast cancer gene' is the same route by which breast cancer develops in women with the same mutation

Scientists discover first DNA region to alter breast cancer risk in women with BRCA1 faults

Cancer Research UK scientists have identified a DNA region which can increase or decrease the high breast cancer risk associated with the BRCA1 gene.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Professor Alan Ashworth

Professor Alan Ashworth has received an award from the European Society for Medical Oncology to recognise his work to improve the care of breast cancer patients

Fertility authority may allow cancer screening

Women with a family history of cancer may be allowed to have their embryos screened to ensure that they do not pass on a genetic tendency for the disease.

New drugs could treat more types of cancer

UK scientists have found early evidence that new drugs called PARP inhibitors could treat more types of cancer than previously thought.