Cancer news

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. 

Causes Of Cancer

Sellafield, radiation and childhood cancer – shedding light on cancer clusters near nuclear sites

A new report confirms that radiation from a nuclear plant wasn't to blame for a spike in childhood leukaemia in north-west England - so what was?

Why has science seemingly changed its mind on night shifts and breast cancer?

New research has a possible answer to a long-standing question over whether working night shifts increases the risk of breast cancer.

More people are getting cancer, but what do the numbers really mean?

New figures we’ve released today estimate that by the year 2035, half a million people could be diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK.

The second biggest preventable cause of cancer: being overweight

We look at recent evidence linking obesity to more types of cancer than previously thought.

Working night shifts unlikely to increase breast cancer risk

New research has found that working night shifts has little or no effect on a woman’s breast cancer risk.

Could an app help you cut down on drinking and lower your risk of cancer?

Researchers have developed an app that they hope will help people cut down on drinking alcohol.

Study shows ‘signature’ that radiation damage leaves in our DNA

A new study has shed light on exactly how a certain type of radiation damages human DNA, raising the risk of cancer.

The public doesn’t know obesity causes cancer, and that’s really worrying

Our latest figures reveal that three in four people aren’t aware that obesity causes cancer.

Why cancer is (still) more than just ‘bad luck’

New research has uncovered a possible explanation for why some cancers are more common than others, we explore the details.

New research reveals cancers need a 'perfect storm' of conditions to develop

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time the ‘perfect storm’ of conditions that cells need to start forming cancer.