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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. 


Stop smoking services may boost mental health of people with depression

Smokers with depression who successfully quit smoking using stop smoking services may see an improvement in their mental health, according to new research.

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.

Four key ways to improve cancer patient care in Wales

Yesterday we published our report looking in detail at the challenges Wales faces. Here’s what we found and our recommendations for how the government can make...

Cancer care in England and Scotland – what do patients really think?

We take a detailed look at the findings of the recent Cancer Patient Experience Surveys, which ran in England and Scotland.

The end of the road: trying to unpick the problems with end of life care

As part of a number of articles looking at end of life, and with renewed focus on the issue including through the recent Independent Taskforce report and updated NICE...

Guest post: Are older cancer patients missing out on surgery?

John Butler is a Consultant Gynaecologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital. Here, he gives us his thoughts on new data on surgery in the NHS

As a surgeon I see...

Older cancer patients missing out on surgery

Older people are less likely to have cancer surgery compared to younger people according to new data published today.

Government plans speedier access to diagnostic tests

Prime minister Gordon Brown will make a pledge at the Labour Party conference this week that patients suspected of having cancer will be tested within one week of seeing...

Think tank warns of uneven NHS spending

A think tank has revealed that some health care trusts in England spend up to four times as much on certain diseases as they spend on others.

National smoking map shows poverty link say campaigners

A map showing the number of smokers across the UK provides a graphic insight into the links between smoking and poverty, say campaigners.