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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with around 55,200 people diagnosed each year. It starts in the breast tissue, most commonly in cells lining the milk ducts. Breast cancer predominantly affects women, but men can get it too.
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Breast cancer cells taken as part of a biopsy shown under the microscope

New research we've funded has found that breast cancers can break down molecules in their support system to use as a source of nutrients. As healthy cells can't use this chemical pathway to make food, it could lead to a new targeted breast cancer treatment. New research we've funded has found that breast cancers can break down molecules in their support system to use as a source of nutrients. As healthy cells can't use this chemical pathway to make food, it could lead to a new targeted breast cancer treatment.

by Jacob Smith | Analysis | 17 January 2024

17 January 2024

The album artwork for Veronica's new single, Gone

7 years after her diagnosis, singer-songwriter Veronica is returning with a new single, which catalogues her cancer journey and delivers the message there is life after cancer. 7 years after her diagnosis, singer-songwriter Veronica is returning with a new single, which catalogues her cancer journey and delivers the message there is life after cancer.

by Lynn Daly | Personal stories | 11 January 2024

11 January 2024

Hannah Gretton with Dr Hugo De La Pena

When Hannah Gretton was given the devastating news last Christmas that she had breast cancer, she never imagined it would give her the opportunity to help others enjoy celebrations that they feared they would never see. When Hannah Gretton was given the devastating news last Christmas that she had breast cancer, she never imagined it would give her the opportunity to help others enjoy celebrations that they feared they would never see.

by Elisa Mitchell | Personal stories | 21 December 2023

21 December 2023

Two researchers smiling as they work together in a lab

2023 has been a big year for Cancer Research UK, and there's been a lot to celebrate. So, to end the year, we want to highlight just a few of our most exciting research stories of 2023. 2023 has been a big year for Cancer Research UK, and there's been a lot to celebrate. So, to end the year, we want to highlight just a few of our most exciting research stories of 2023.

by Jacob Smith | In depth | 18 December 2023

18 December 2023

Two Cancer Research UK-funded researchers in their lab.

The MHRA has licensed anastrozole as a way to prevent breast cancer in almost 300,000 women. Our trial showed that it can halve their risk. The MHRA has licensed anastrozole as a way to prevent breast cancer in almost 300,000 women. Our trial showed that it can halve their risk.

by Tim Gunn | News | 7 November 2023

7 November 2023

Our first two Biology-Prevention awardees take us through their exciting work, and tell us why they think a biological approach to cancer prevention is so important… Our first two Biology-Prevention awardees take us through their exciting work, and tell us why they think a biological approach to cancer prevention is so important…

by Cancer Research UK | In depth | 30 October 2023

30 October 2023

Messages written in glow in the dark pen at a Shine night walk event to remember lost loved ones

Over two million years of life are lost to cancer in the UK every year, according to a new study from Cancer Research UK. However, the data also showed that thanks to innovation and research, we are making progress in beating cancer.   Over two million years of life are lost to cancer in the UK every year, according to a new study from Cancer Research UK. However, the data also showed that thanks to innovation and research, we are making progress in beating cancer.  

by Jacob Smith | News | 11 October 2023

11 October 2023

A woman having a consultation with her doctor

A new Cancer Research UK-funded study aims to shed light on the variation in breast cancer across different ethnic minority groups.  A new Cancer Research UK-funded study aims to shed light on the variation in breast cancer across different ethnic minority groups. 

by Jacob Smith | News | 11 July 2023

11 July 2023

Doctor reviewing a mammogram

New research may have found a way we can predict which cases of DCIS could develop into invasive breast cancer and thus require treatment, reducing the burden of overtreatment in future New research may have found a way we can predict which cases of DCIS could develop into invasive breast cancer and thus require treatment, reducing the burden of overtreatment in future

by Jacob Smith | Analysis | 20 June 2023

20 June 2023