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. 


Healthy cells around tumours 'may fuel resistance to cancer drugs'

Tumour cells could be being helped by healthy cells to escape cancer drugs killing them, according to US research.

Molecular superfamily causes melanoma spread

A superfamily of molecules holds the secret to the development and spread of melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer, revealed a study published in the British...

Scientists find 'sibling' cancer genes work together to fight skin cancer

CANCER RESEARCH UK scientists have shown, for the first time, how two genes from the same `familyї can interact with each other to stop cancer in its tracks - according to...

Sunbed skin cancer risk double that of mediterranean midday summer sun

THE AVERAGE skin cancer risk from sunbeds is more than double that of spending the same length of time in the Mediterranean midday summer sun – according to new research...

Scientists complete "groundbreaking" analyses of lung cancer and melanoma genomes

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has announced the first comprehensive analyses of the genomes of lung cancer and melanoma skin cancers.

Trial drug 'effective' against cancers with faulty BRAF gene

An experimental drug designed to treat cancers with a particular genetic fault has shown promising results in a small clinical trial.

Using sunbeds under 35 could prove fatal

Eight out of ten sunbed users have increased their risk of a life-threatening form of skin cancer by around 75 per cent according to Cancer Research UK.

DNA repair genes help predict impact of chemo for melanoma

A LINK between the level of active DNA repair genes in melanoma tumours and the effectiveness of chemotherapy for skin cancer patients has been established for the first...

Cell protein holds key to melanoma spread

A team of international scientists has made a significant stride forward in understanding how malignant melanoma cells can evade cancer therapy and spread around the body...

European licence for drug to treat advanced melanoma

A European licence has been granted to drug manufacturers Bristol-Myers Squibb to market the cancer drug ipilimumab (also known by its brand name, Yervoy) for the...