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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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Cancer is the biggest premature killer

Cancer is responsible for killing 40 per cent of all the men and women who die prematurely between the ages of 25 and 74 in the UK - according to a new analysis of the...

Scientists hope to put breast cancers 'to sleep'

Scientists have suggested that it may one day be possible to push some breast cancers into a state of 'sleep' by targeting a gene involved in some aggressive forms of the...

HPV testing for cervical cancer 'the best option for women over 30'

Testing for the presence of DNA from the human papillomavirus (HPV) alongside conventional smear test is the best cervical cancer screening option for all women aged 30...

UK's breast cancer screening programme reviewed

The UK's National Cancer Director, Professor Sir Mike Richards, has ordered an independent review of the NHS breast cancer screening programme.

Deadly skin cancer cases hit record high

The number of people diagnosed with the deadliest form of skin cancer has crashed through the 10,000 barrier after an alarming rise in new cases, according to the latest...

High-risk women may need more frequent ovarian cancer screening

Screening women at high risk of ovarian cancer once a year may not be effective enough to spot the disease in its earlier stages, and more frequent screening may be needed...

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.

Scientists identify important new cancer drug target

Synthetic versions of a molecule vital for keeping cell division in check could be potent anti-cancer drugs of the future, a leading Cancer Research UK scientist announces...

Ethnic differences in breast cancer risk factor to be examined

Cancer Research UK launches a new study today to investigate factors that influence breast density, a strong risk factor for breast cancer, in different ethnic groups.