Together we will beat cancer


Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK, with around 48,500 people diagnosed each year. There are two main types of lung cancer – small cell lung cancer and non small cell lung cancer – depending on how the cells look under the microscope.

The main symptoms are a cough, shortness of breath and weight loss.

Why do non-smokers face delays in getting a lung cancer diagnosis?

Up to 14% of people with lung cancer in the UK have never smoked. New research funded by us reveals why non-smokers face delays in getting diagnosed with lung cancer

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ScottishPower supports vital research into air pollution and cancer

In November 2021, Cancer Research UK Chief Clinician, Professor Charles Swanton, visited our longstanding corporate partner ScottishPower at their headquarters…

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How targeted screening can help the NHS save lives from lung cancer, the UK’s leading cause of cancer death

Finding lung cancer early makes it much easier to treat. Dr Samantha Quaife, an expert in lung screening, explains how it can save lives and fight inequality.

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TRACERx EVO, a new programme to transform lung cancer research

Today, we’ve announced TRACERx EVO, a new programme that builds on the discoveries made in the world’s largest long-term lung study, TRACERx. 

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7 ways we’ve influenced progress in lung cancer

From uncovering some of the causes of lung cancer, through to contributing to drugs used to treat it, here are 7 ways we have worked towards progress in lung cancer.

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Why consistent and funded cancer policies are key to improving cancer survival

Research from the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership has found a link between cancer policy consistency over time and survival for six cancer types

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New targeted lung cancer screening programme on the horizon

Today, the UK National Screening Committee has recommended introducing a targeted lung cancer screening programme across the UK, for those…

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Scientists reveal how air pollution can cause lung cancer in people who have never smoked

A long-term study funded by Cancer Research UK has revealed how air pollution can cause lung cancer in people who have never smoked. 

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Personalised blood test could help predict which lung cancers might return

Our researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that patients who are at a higher risk of their lung cancer returning can be identified by a personalised blood test.

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Immunotherapy treatment fast tracked to treat lung cancer patients in England

Hope for patients with early-stage lung cancer as new treatment approved for use on NHS England.

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