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. 

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Measuring up: how does the UK compare internationally on cancer survival?

New survival figures have revealed some encouraging trends around the world. But they also highlight how much progress still needs to be made in the UK.

Science Surgery: ‘Does cancer attack every age group?’

Cancer can affect any age group but we see many more cases in older people.

Obese people outnumber smokers two to one

People who are obese now outnumber people who smoke two to one in the UK, and excess weight trumps smoking as the leading cause of four different cancer types.

Almost half of people diagnosed with cancer find it hard to ask for help, as many fear being pitied

According to new research published by Race for Life today, nearly half (47%) of people diagnosed with cancer said they found it hard to ask for help.

Show your kids how to stay safe in the sun: British parents protect their children but neglect their own sun protection

Research from NIVEA SUN and Cancer Research UK reveals the extent of parents’ confusion around sun protection, and the potential harm to their health.

New calculations confirm lifestyle changes could prevent 4 in 10 cancer cases

Our new research shows that more than 135,000 cases of cancer could be prevented in the UK each year largely through lifestyle changes.

Cutting cancer diagnosis delays means understanding each patient’s journey

GPs say that more than 1 in 5 cancer patients in England experience an avoidable delay in their diagnosis.

Men twice as likely to develop oral cancer

Men are more than twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer, according to new figures released by Cancer Research UK today (Wednesday).

Cancer patients diagnosed at an earlier stage are more likely to have surgery than chemotherapy

A world-first data report could help us understand whether cancer patients are getting the most appropriate treatments for them.

Publishing national chemotherapy data has helped NHS hospitals make changes that should improve treatment

A year on from a big data report and some hospitals have changed how they discuss some aspects of treatment, including palliative care.

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