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. 


Scientists find new way to combat drug resistance in skin cancer

Rapid resistance to vemurafenib - a treatment for a type of skin cancer - could be prevented by blocking a druggable family of proteins

MPs call for further restrictions on sunbeds

A group of MPs has called for more restrictions on sunbeds, including a ban on unmanned tanning salons.

Skin cancer rates five times higher than in 70s

Rates of people diagnosed with malignant melanoma are now five times higher than 40 years ago, according to the latest figures.

Why today’s reports about skin cancer and alcohol are misleading

Let’s be clear – drinking alcohol carries health risks.

It causes seven different types of cancer. And the more we cut down on alcohol, the more we reduce our risk...

HPV, Michael Douglas, and the latest cancer headlines

We discuss HPV, cancer and oral sex, and finding out how melanoma cells go on the move. Plus, we look at the quiet epidemic of oesophageal cancer.

Blood test reveals skin cancer spread

A simple blood test could be used to identify patients whose melanoma – the most serious form of skin cancer – has started to spread.

Pesticide and skin cancer link not proven

A new study reporting to have found a link between domestic pesticide use and the skin cancer type cutaneous melanoma, has been played down by Cancer Research UK.

Experimental melanoma drug shows promise in phase-III trial

Early results from a phase-III clinical trial of a new drug for advanced melanoma skin cancer indicate that it may help to improve survival.

Deadly skin cancer set to treble

Children could be three times more likely than their grandparents to get malignant melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer - unless the trend to sunbathe recklessly...

Skin cancer death rates 70 per cent higher in men

Death rates from malignant melanoma – the most serious type of skin cancer – are 70 per cent higher in men than women, despite similar numbers being diagnosed with the...