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. 


Breast cancer spread may be detected by blood tests say researchers

Cancer Research UK has cautiously welcomed the preliminary results of research suggesting that blood tests could be used to detect the spread of breast cancer.

Fertility drugs do not raise ovarian cancer risk say Danish researchers

Danish scientists have found no evidence to suggest that fertility drugs increase a woman's risk of ovarian cancer.

Anaemia treatment gives cancer patients new lease of life

A treatment that tackles anaemia in cancer patients can help boost their energy levels and significantly improve their quality of life, researchers reveal in the British...

Food, drug interactions may increase effectiveness of therapy

Cancer researchers have proposed that foods which affect the absorption of anti-cancer drugs may be used to increase the drugs' effectiveness.

Researchers identify breast cancer risk gene

Inheriting a damaged version of a gene called CHK2 nearly doubles a woman's chance of developing breast cancer, Cancer Research UK scientists report in Nature Genetics....

Stomach cancer genes identified

Irish researchers have identified two genes that appear to be involved in the development of stomach cancer.

Sedentary lifestyle linked to faster ageing

People who do plenty of exercise appear to be biologically younger than those who lead a sedentary lifestyle, researchers have found.

Ovarian cancer driven by fallopian tube development protein

Ovarian cancer may be driven by the same natural process that causes women's fallopian tubes to develop, US researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have said...

Smoking death risks significantly reduced within five years of quitting

Women who quit smoking have about a 20 percent lower risk of death from smoking-related cancers within five years of quitting, as well as a substantially reduced risk of...

Scorpion-based 'tumour paint' may help brain surgeons identify cancer cells

Researchers have developed a 'tumour paint' which, when injected, could make it easier for surgeons to tell the difference between cancerous and healthy tissue.