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. 


Melanoma survival rate 'dependent on location'

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have suggested that melanoma survival depends on where the skin cancer first appears.

Aspirin hailed as potential anti-cancer drug

The humble aspirin, already under trial as a preventative agent for cancer, could also help treat certain types of the disease, researchers report in the journal Nature1...

Gene mutation increases risk of ovarian cancer

Portuguese researchers have discovered that a particular genetic mutation can double or even treble a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Ten Cancer Research UK scientists become EMBO elect

TEN Cancer Research UK funded scientists have been elected to the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) - a prestigious body which recognises and promotes...

Synthetic molecules may provider cheaper cancer therapies

Researchers have developed a simple and inexpensive method to screen small synthetic molecules and identify those with potential to treat diseases, including cancer.

Inflammatory response may boost cancer spread

The inflammatory response to tumour growth - which should help protect the body - may actually boost the spread of some cancers, researchers have said.

Atom bomb survivors still experiencing after-effects

Survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War Two are still affected by the radiation released by the blast, researchers have revealed...

Vitamin C shown to inhibit tumour growth in mice

A team of US researchers has shown that vitamin C can inhibit the growth of some tumours in mice.

Teenagers not learning from parent's cancer

Teenagers whose mothers have been diagnosed with skin cancer are not significantly more likely than other teenagers to protect themselves from the sun, researchers claim...

Biopsy still most effective for diagnosing breast cancer, say researchers

Biopsies are still the most effective way to diagnose breast cancer in women at high risk of the disease who have abnormal test results, say scientists.