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. 


Researchers identify location of breast density genes

US scientists have identified a region of the human genome that is associated with having denser breast tissue, a known risk factor for breast cancer.

Omega-3 diet may slow prostate cancer growth

Eating plenty of foods which contain omega-3 fatty acids could help to improve the outlook for men who are genetically prone to developing prostate cancer, researchers...

Major study suggests 'squirting' as key to cancer's spread

Researchers may be a step closer to solving the mystery of how cancer cells can split away from a tumour and spread to other parts of the body, a report in the journal...

Scientists find more evidence for inherited lung cancer risk

Japanese researchers say that they have identified more evidence of an inherited risk of lung cancer.

Promising anti-cancer drug trial launched

An innovative drug with a new mechanism of action that may be effective against a range of cancers will enter the first phase of clinical trials, it was announced today at...

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...