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. 


Our milestones: Nudging breast cancer radiotherapy in the right direction

The START trials provided the evidence needed to change practice for women having radiotherapy to treat breast cancer.

IMRT: bending radiotherapy beams to spare healthy cells

Part three of our new blog series on radiotherapy explores a type of radiotherapy treatment called IMRT. We cover what it is, how it’s already improved the lives of many...

Sellafield, radiation and childhood cancer – shedding light on cancer clusters near nuclear sites

A new report confirms that radiation from a nuclear plant wasn't to blame for a spike in childhood leukaemia in north-west England - so what was?

30 years since Chernobyl and 5 years since Fukushima – What have we learnt?

30 years after Chernobyl and five years after Fukushima, we’re taking a look at what has been learnt about radiation-linked cancers.

Prolonged low-level radiation exposure increases risk of cancer death

A study has found further evidence of a link between prolonged exposure to low-level ionising radiation and a small increased risk of dying from cancer.

No increased risk of cancer near Sellafield or Dounreay in recent years

Children, teenagers and young adults living near Sellafield or Dounreay since the 1990s are not at an increased risk of developing cancer.

Repeated childhood CT scans increase risk of cancer in adulthood

Repeated CT scans during childhood can increase the risk of developing brain tumours or leukaemia in later life.

Researchers ease fears over radon

Children living in homes with high levels of radon gas or gamma radiation are not at detectably increased risk of developing cancer, according to a major new study...

Exposure to X-rays raises risk of breast cancer in young women with BRCA faults

Women with faults in BRCA genes are more likely to develop breast cancer if they are exposed to chest X-rays before they are 30.