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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. 


Low testosterone levels linked to reduced risk of prostate cancer

Men with unusually low amounts of testosterone in their blood are around 20% less likely to develop prostate cancer.

Alcohol and breast cancer – how big is the risk?

A new report on breast cancer risk has made the headlines - but what does the evidence say?

Reports that cancer is ‘mainly bad luck’ make a complicated story a bit too simple

New research predicts that 2 in 3 cancers are ‘due to bad luck’, we look at why the story is a bit more complicated than that.

How exactly does obesity cause cancer? Three leading theories

‘Love handles’, ‘muffin top’, ‘beer belly’, ‘extra padding’, ‘cuddly bits’, ‘winter insulation’… We all have names for the squishy bits we keep meaning to lose – but apart...

Naturally high oestrogen levels may lower women's bowel cancer risk

Women with naturally higher levels of the sex hormone oestrogen are more than 50 per cent less likely to develop bowel cancer after their menopause.

No, HRT isn’t ‘harmless’ – there are risks as well as benefits

Yesterday saw some bold, but extremely misleading headlines about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) being “harmless”.

This unfortunate statement flies in the face...

Our milestones: the birth of a new prostate cancer drug

This entry is part 24 of 24 in the series Our milestones

In the latest in Our milestones, we look back to the 1990s, and to our ‘first-in-man’ trial of prostate cancer...

Solving a breast cancer mystery – why do ‘double-positive’ women do better?

When a doctor suspects a woman might have breast cancer, one of the first things they do is take a small sample of cells from her breast, called a biopsy, for tests.


Men with high oestrogen levels could be at greater risk of breast cancer

Men with naturally high levels of the female hormone oestrogen may have a greater risk of developing breast cancer.

Prostate cancer: researchers begin to unpick drug resistance

The recent arrival of two new drugs for advanced prostate cancer – abiraterone and enzalutamide – has offered a lifeline to men with the disease.

They both work by...