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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. 

Melanoma

Ultraviolet radiation causes rare type of eye cancer

Ultraviolet radiation can cause a rare type of eye cancer, conjunctival melanoma.

Cancer blood test uses ‘noise cancellation’ to improve sensitivity

Cancer Research UK scientists have developed a new way to analyse blood for evidence of cancer that could be up to ten times more sensitive than previous methods.

Two skin cancer treatments get the green light for NHS Scotland

An immunotherapy and a targeted cancer drug were among the latest batch of NHS approvals from the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC). 

Blocking a survival mechanism could tackle melanoma treatment resistance

Researchers have demonstrated an approach which, used in parallel with existing treatments, wipes out the ‘survival system’ of cancer cells.

Vitamin D dials down the aggression in melanoma cells

Vitamin D influences the behaviour of melanoma cells in the lab by making them less aggressive, Cancer Research UK scientists have found.

Skin cancer rates rocket by 45% in 10 years

Melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have soared by 45% since 2004, according to the latest figures released by Cancer Research UK.

Three new cancer treatments available for NHS patients in Scotland

A breast cancer drug and two blood cancer treatments have been recommended for use on the NHS in Scotland.

New skin cancer immunotherapy added to NHS England’s Cancer Drugs Fund

A new immunotherapy treatment for certain advanced skin cancer patients is to be made available on the NHS in England.

Smoking may limit body’s ability to fight dangerous form of skin cancer

Melanoma patients with a history of smoking cigarettes are 40 per cent less likely to survive their skin cancer than people who have never smoked

Skin cancer can spread in mice by hijacking the immune system

Scientists have uncovered molecules released by invasive skin cancer that reprogram healthy immune cells to help the cancer to spread.

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