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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. 


Deprivation underlies thousands of cancer cases every year

There could be as many as 14,000 fewer cases of cancer each year in England if everyone was as healthy as the richest 20 per cent in the country.

Deprivation leads to over 2,600 deaths a year

MORE than 2,600 cancer deaths in England could be avoided each year if all cancer patients had the same chance of survival as the most affluent parts of society

New statistics show poverty gap in cancer survival has widened

The poor are not benefiting as much as the rich from improvements in cancer survival according to a major new study funded by Cancer Research UK and the Office for...

Cancer survival improving in deprived areas

Cancer survival is improving in the most deprived areas of England, according to new figures published by the Office for National Statistics.

Rich 50 per cent more likely to take part in bowel screening

Affluent people are 50 per cent more likely to take part in bowel cancer screening than their deprived counterparts, according to a study published in the British Journal...

Early sexual encounters linked to increased risk of cervical cancer among deprived women

One of the reasons why cervical cancer is more common among poorer women could be because they start having sex at a younger age than more affluent women, scientists have...

Poorest bowel cancer patients more likely to die within month of surgery

Bowel cancer patients living in the most deprived areas are 24 per cent more likely to die within five years of treatment than their more affluent neighbours and this...

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.