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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. 


Smoking estimated to cost NHS Ј5bn a year

UK researchers have revealed that the direct cost to the NHS of smoking is likely to be more than five times greater than previous estimates.

Over ninety per cent of pathologists find research rules too complex

Ninety two per cent of pathologists feel that the regulations controlling their work using human tissues is too complicated and a lack of useful guidance puts them off...

Researchers reveal soya's effects on breast tissue

Eating a diet rich in soya products such as tofu can affect the make-up of breast tissue, potentially reducing the risk of breast cancer, according to a new study1 from...

Breast cancer blood test in development say researchers

Scientists are in the early stages of developing a blood test that could eventually be used to detect breast cancer.

Researchers find clues to improve breast cancer survival

Checking lymph nodes during surgery and assessing the hormone status of tumours could help improve breast cancer survival in the UK, according to research published today...

Aromatase inhibitors improve breast cancer prospects says study

Breast cancer patients who switch from the current standard treatment to new aromatase-inhibitor drugs have a higher chance of long-term survival, say researchers.

Parents need help in explaining cancer to children say researchers

Children may have a far greater awareness of cancer than adults assume, say researchers who have conducted a small-scale study on parents with recently diagnosed cancer....

Mathematical model predicts breast tumours grow faster in younger women

Norwegian researchers have published details of a new estimation method, which can be used to estimate the rate of growth of breast tumours among a population.

Iranian scientists find evidence of link between oesophageal cancer and 'extremely hot tea'

Iranian researchers appear to have found a link between drinking extremely hot tea and a person's risk of cancer of the oesophagus (foodpipe).

Liquorice extract could be used in new liver cancer drugs

Extracts of liquorice could prove useful add-ons to chemotherapy drugs for liver cancer, say researchers in China.