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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. 

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Experimental drug activates key anti-cancer mechanism

An experimental drug can reactivate a key cancer-fighting mechanism inside cancer cells, according to researchers in Australia.

Scotland cancer figures improving

Rates of cancer in Scotland are falling while more and more people are surviving the disease, new Scottish Executive figures have shown.

Virus reveals secret to cancer spread

Cancer Research UK scientists studying a virus have unveiled an important clue to understanding how cancer spreads. Their research is published in Nature* today (Wednesday...

Breast cancer patients lack adequate fertility preservation advice

Women may not receive adequate information on fertility preservation before breast cancer treatment, according to research presented at the National Cancer Research...

Scientists confirm new route to skin cancer

Cancer Research UK funded scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research have unravelled a complex chain of molecular triggers involved in the development of malignant...

Cancer Research UK 'concerned' over skin protection claims

Cancer Research UK has played down claims by a nutritional supplement company that its products are able to protect the skin from UV damage.

US study confirms aromatase inhibitors are effective for post-menopausal breast cancer

An anti-oestrogen drug called letrozole is more effective at preventing breast cancer from coming back than tamoxifen in post-menopausal women, US researchers have said....

Genetic screen finds new treatment targets for lung cancer

Cancer Research UK scientists are the first to use an efficient new screening strategy to identify gene faults in tumour cells that are possible drug targets for the most...

Government may force tobacco companies to use plain packaging

The government is considering bringing in plain packaging for tobacco products to make them less attractive to children.

Cautious welcome for lung screening trial results

All smokers and former smokers should be screened for lung cancer, whether or not they have any of the initial symptoms of the disease, a US scientist has said.