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. 


Stomach cancer rates to fall

Researchers in the Netherlands have predicted that cases of stomach cancer will fall by 25 per cent in western countries over the next ten years.

US researchers identify pancreatic cancer stem cells

Researchers in Illinois have for the first time identified human pancreatic cancer stem cells, which they believe to be at the root of the disease.

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...

Implementation of the two week wait rule for breast cancer referrals criticised

The 'two week wait rule', introduced by the Government in April 1999 to ensure people with suspected breast cancer see a specialist within two weeks of referral by a GP,...

Researchers gain funding for cancer breathalyser

A US research team has won $446,731 (about £250,000) in funding to develop technology that could eventually lead to a breath test for breast cancer.

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.