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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. 

Cancer Biology

Diet swap study suggests gut bacteria play a role in bowel cancer risk

The benefits of a high-fibre diet in reducing bowel cancer risk could be due to its effects on gut bacteria, according to a preliminary international study.

Scientists decipher key steps in cancer development to improve treatment

Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered the timing of key genetic mistakes that fuel tumour growth.

Healthy-looking prostate cells mask cancer-causing mutations

Prostate cells that look normal under the microscope may be hiding genetic mutations that could develop into cancer, according to new research.

Pancreatic cancer has four distinct types

Researchers have found that pancreatic cancer can be split into four unique types, a discovery that could help improve treatments for the disease.

Damage to skin cells might continue after exposure to UV

Damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation could continue hours after exposure, according to a new laboratory study by US researchers.

Research opens new avenue for bile duct cancer treatment trials

Researchers in Edinburgh have discovered how a molecular mechanism drives the growth of bile duct cancer.

Genetic weakness points to potential drug target

US scientists have identified a molecule that, if targeted with drugs, could help slow the growth of tumour cells carrying certain genetic faults.

Experimental drugs aim to tackle melanoma 'escape route'

Manchester researchers are developing a new generation of targeted melanoma drugs that could bypass treatment resistance seen with current therapies.

'Huge breakthrough' in understanding how the immune system recognises cancer

US researchers have revealed the identity of molecules on the surface of cancer cells which allow the body's immune system to identify and destroy them

Researchers reveal lung cancer can stay hidden for over 20 years

Scientists have discovered that lung cancers can lie dormant for over 20 years before suddenly turning into an aggressive form of the disease

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