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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. 

Sun & Uv

Why today’s reports about skin cancer and alcohol are misleading

Let’s be clear – drinking alcohol carries health risks.

It causes seven different types of cancer. And the more we cut down on alcohol, the more we reduce our risk...

Joint position statement issued to provide vitamin D clarity

Cancer Research UK has joined with several other organisations and charities to issue a joint position statement on vitamin D.

Two young adults diagnosed with skin cancer every day

Each day more than two people under 35 in Britain are diagnosed with malignant melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer - according to new figures from Cancer Research...

NICE issues new guidance on preventing skin cancer

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has new guidelines to help the NHS, local authorities and other organisations in their work.

New Cancer Research UK trial will shed light on risks and benefits of sun exposure

Cancer Research UK has today launched a trial investigating the health benefits and risks of spending time in the sun. It is hoped the trial will help solve years of...

Whole-genome sequencing uncovers new skin cancer gene

US scientists have used high-tech DNA sequencing to uncover a new gene linked to melanoma – the most serious form of skin cancer

Desire for a tan is making teenage girls ignore sunbed dangers

Teenage girls desperate for a tan are determined to find ways of getting round the law banning under-18s from using sunbeds, according to a new study from Cancer Research...

'Tougher actions' needed to reduce deadly toll of sunbeds

Every year, sunbeds cause more than one in twenty cases of the most deadly type of skin cancer in Europe, French and Italian research has revealed.

Sunbed skin cancer risk double that of mediterranean midday summer sun

THE AVERAGE skin cancer risk from sunbeds is more than double that of spending the same length of time in the Mediterranean midday summer sun – according to new research...

UVB more damaging to skin than UVA

US scientists have discovered that one type of ultraviolet (UV) light is more likely to cause skin cancer than the other because the skin cells are less able to repair the...