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. 


Pensioners seven times more likely to get deadly skin cancer than 40 years ago

People over 65 are around seven times more likely to develop malignant melanoma compared to 40 years ago.

Diagnosing cancer early – how far have we come?

Five years ago we measured the size of the early diagnosis prize – now we provide an update on the research looking to help diagnose more cancers earlier.

Study confirms long-term benefits of melanoma immunotherapy

A long-term follow up of people on a clinical trial has confirmed the benefit of immunotherapy for some patients with advanced melanoma.

Experimental drugs aim to tackle melanoma 'escape route'

Manchester researchers are developing a new generation of targeted melanoma drugs that could bypass treatment resistance seen with current therapies.

Crowdfunding cancer research – our latest experiment and how you can help

Can you help a research team grow 3D lung tissue in a lab to help study cancer? Can we track how moving skin cancer cells give the immune system the slip? Or is there a...

A chemical ‘breadcrumb trail’ helps melanoma spread

From flashing green men to high-pitched beeping, when we cross the road there are plenty of signals to help us.

But if these cues fail, it can cause us to hesitate...

Scientists find molecular ‘breadcrumb trail’ that helps melanoma spread

Cancer Research UK scientists have discovered that melanoma cells are drawn to follow the ‘trail’ of a naturally-occurring molecule in the body.

Calming down immune cells could hold key to melanoma treatment

Immune cells may be responsible for drug resistance in melanoma patients, according to research published in Cancer Discovery.

Bob Marley, genomics, and a rare form of melanoma

In May 1981 the music world lost a legend when reggae artist Bob Marley died after a four-year battle with a melanoma skin cancer that started on his toe.

This may...

Breaking down cancer’s wall of resistance

“We really had hit a dead end.”

After countless hours of work in the lab, 2012 was a frustrating time for Professor Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke – one of our leading...