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Latest news, press releases and blog posts from Cancer Research UK.


Obese women 40 per cent more likely to get cancer

Obese women have around a 40 per cent greater risk of developing a weight-related cancer in their lifetime than women of a healthy weight.

Women say lack of confidence stops them getting to the top

Cancer Research UK survey reveals the barriers women face in their careers to launch the new ‘Women of Influence’ initiative.

Women with slightly abnormal smear results need more reassurance

More than a quarter of women who receive slightly abnormal smear test results are experiencing unnecessarily high levels of anxiety - suggests new research published today...

PET scans identify cervical cancer patients with poorer prognosis

Positron emission tomography (PET) scans may enable doctors to identify women with cervical cancer whose prognosis is particularly poor.

Early results show promise in reducing side effects from anastrozole

A common osteoporosis drug can shield women against the loss of bone mineral density - a side effect of the drug anastrozole which is taken to prevent breast cancer in the...

DCIS breast cancer patients 'overestimate risk'

Many women who are diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) overestimate their risk of recurrence or dying from the disease, often as a result of anxiety, a new...

Cancer trial confirms tamoxifen as breast cancer prevention drug

Tamoxifen can reduce the chance of breast cancer by one third in healthy women with a high risk of developing the disease.

Young women survive ovarian cancer longer

Younger women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have a greater chance of surviving the disease for five years or more, according to new research published in the British...

Denmark compensates women who develop cancer after working night shifts

Denmark has begun paying compensation to women who have developed breast cancer after working night shifts for many years.

Men braver than women over bowel cancer test

Despite their well-documented reluctance to visit the doctor, men are more likely than women to take up invitations for bowel screening.