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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

Leading UK model agencies sign up to 'No Sunbed' policy

Ahead of London Fashion Week, leading model agencies sign groundbreaking 'No Sunbed' policy agreement as part of Cancer Research UK's R UV UGLY? campaign after warnings on...

Vitamin D found to influence more than 200 genes, including some linked to cancer

Scientists have discovered that vitamin D can affect the activity of more than 200 genes of cells grown in the lab.

Deadly skin cancer rates soar for generation of baby boomers

People in their 60s and 70s are now over five times more likely to be diagnosed with malignant melanoma - the deadliest type of skin cancer - than their parents would have...

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...

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...