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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. 


Breast cancer screening trials for under 50s does not show significant effect

A ten year trial in which women between the ages of 40 and 50 were invited for annual breast screening did not show a significant reduction in breast cancer mortality.

Smoking and HPV deadly cervical cancer combination says study

Women who carry certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and who also smoke could be increasing their risk of cervical cancer by as much as 27 times compared with...

South Asian women have higher survival from breast cancer

South Asian women living in England are more likely to survive breast cancer than other women, Cancer Research UK scientists reveal.

Younger women's breast cancer is genetically different

US scientists have discovered sets of genes that are often switched on in breast tumour cells from young women but not in those from older women.

Use of the pill linked to cervical cancer

Women who take the contraceptive pill may increase their risk of cervical cancer, according to a major new study published in the Lancet1.

Breastfeeding could cut breast cancer risk for older mothers

Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women who give birth for the first time after the age of 25, according to research presented at the American...

Research offers hope for long term breast cancer prevention

New results of a worldwide breast cancer prevention study confirm that tamoxifen - a well established treatment for breast cancer - also reduces the risk of breast cancer...

Debate on breast screening 'should not distract from the benefits' says Cancer Research UK

The debate over the precise number of women saved by breast screening should not distract people from the fact that it saves lives, say experts from Cancer Research UK....

HRT increases incidence and deaths from ovarian cancer

Women who take hormone replacement therapy are more likely to be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and to die of the disease, according to a study published in the Lancet.

Cancer charities launch "triple negative" breast cancer trial

Cancer Research UK and Breakthrough Breast Cancer are to jointly fund the UK's first clinical trial for women with an aggressive form of breast cancer.