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. 


More than half of breast cancer patients may skip medication

More than fifty per cent of women taking medication for breast cancer have either forgotten to take their drugs or have chosen not to do so at some point during their...

Breast cancer gene carriers' risk 'amplified' by additional genes

Many women with a faulty breast cancer gene could be at greater risk of the disease due to extra 'risk amplifying' genes, according to research published in the American...

Most women unaware of virus link to cervical cancer

The majority of UK women are not aware that cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted virus called Human Papillomavirus (HPV), according to researched published...

New study set to help women at high risk of breast or ovarian cancer

Women with a high inherited risk of breast or ovarian cancer will now have access to much improved information about their chances of developing the diseases, following a...

Semen risk not likely to affect cervical cancer says Cancer Research UK

Research which suggests that semen may encourage the growth of cervical or womb tumours is unlikely to affect women with cervical cancer, Cancer Research UK has said.

Lifestyle changes could prevent one in ten cases of breast cancer by 2024

If women change some aspects of their lifestyle now, thousands of cases of breast cancer could be prevented over 20 years.

Breast cancer screening for women up to 75 years of age 'is effective'

A study presented at the Sixth European Breast Cancer Conference has highlighted the benefits of breast cancer screening for women aged 70 to 75.

Women with breast cancer from small families may be unaware of genetic link

A new US study reveals that younger women with breast cancer and who have fewer female relatives, may be unaware they have a strong family history of the disease.

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.