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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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TRAIL and error – flipping cancer’s self-destruct switch

It may sound dramatic, but sometimes our bodies need to tell our cells to self destruct.

Known as apoptosis, this suicide mechanism is usually only triggered under...

From snapshot to family tree – writing the evolutionary rule book of cancer

For hundreds of years the Scottish Highlands have resounded to the names of their famous clans: MacDonald, Campbell, Fraser, and many more. Each clan is a complex,...

Science Snaps: exposing melanoma’s ‘safe haven’ to help tackle drug resistance

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Science Snaps

Drug resistance is a big problem, particularly for advanced melanoma.

People with melanoma respond well...

Migration, settlement, and more migration: how prostate cancers spread

The study of early human remains – and the DNA within them – has given scientists vital insights into our origins and the migration of our ancestors across the globe. Some...

Genetic test could help identify breast cancer risk

UK researchers have taken a step towards identifying women at increased risk of breast cancer by analysing their DNA.

Unpicking the genetic ‘patchwork’ in ovarian cancer

Cancer is not one disease, but a multitude.

We often say that there are more than 200 types of cancer – lung, prostate, bowel, breast and all the rest – but this is...

Hide and seek: tracing prostate cancer’s origins

In the well-known ‘Where’s Wally’ kids books, you had to try and pick out Wally from a sea of characters who were all wearing red-and-white striped outfits.


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.

Teaching the next generation to crack the enigma of cancer

From the Oscars to code-breaking science – we look at how our researchers are helping school children crack cancer’s DNA secrets using computers.

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.