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The money you raise for Race for Life goes towards our work to beat cancer sooner. With no Government funding for our research, the money you raise is vital to help us carry out our life-saving work.

On this page you can see highlights of the work we’re doing to prevent, diagnose and treat more than 200 types of cancer. It’s constantly being updated with new stories so do keep checking back.

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    Breast cancer sufferers may be spared chemotherapy

    Some breast tumours are HER2 positive – this means they have high amounts of the HER2 molecule on their surface. Women with this type of breast cancer are generally treated with surgery, chemotherapy and drugs targeting HER2 like trastuzumab (Herceptin) and lapatinib (Tyverb).

    New results from a Cancer Research UK funded clinical trial found that some women’s cancer responded well to a combination of Herceptin and lapatinib before surgery – in some case their breast cancer vanished without a trace. It could mean that these women wouldn’t need chemotherapy after their surgery. This will need to be confirmed with longer follow-up and clinical trials, and researchers still need to find a way to identify who is likely to benefit from this pre-surgery combination.

    Learn more about this study
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    The 3 leading theories on how obesity causes cancer

    We previously reported that obesity has links to cancer. But how? Why does carrying a few extra pounds, or having ‘cuddly bits’ increase your risk?

    We explain how oestrogen production, metabolism and inflammation is affected by obesity, and how this increases your risk of cancer.

    Read the three theories
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    Scientists discover how breast cancer cells spread from blood vessels

    Nearly all cancer deaths are caused by the disease spreading around body, so finding ways to stop this happening could be a powerful way to stop cancer in its tracks. Our scientists, based in London and Manchester, have identified a protein that can stop the spread of breast cancer cells by trapping them inside blood vessels.

    Find out more about this research
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    Kath's story

    ‘I want to encourage other women to live healthily so that fewer women go through what I went through’.

    Our new stats show that rising levels of obesity have contributed to a worrying rise in womb cancer cases. Hear from Kath Bebbington, who shares her story of getting healthy and losing weight after being diagnosed and treated for womb cancer.

    Read Kath's story
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    Top 10 questions on e-cigarettes answered

    Are e-cigarettes safer than smoking? Can nicotine cause cancer? How can e-cigarettes help you to stop smoking? We asked Dr Andy McEwen, executive director of the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training, to answer your 10 most commonly asked e-cigarette-related questions.


    Read more
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    Plain cigarette packaging arrives

    Two-thirds of smokers start before they are 18 – beginning an addiction that will kill up to 2 in 3 long-term users. Tobacco use is the UK’s single greatest cause of preventable illness, with 100,000 people dying each year from smoking-related diseases, including cancer.

    In March 2015, MPs voted in favour of plain, standard cigarette packs, which arrived on shelves on Friday 20 May 2016. This will help prevent young people from taking up smoking and ultimately save lives. 

    Learn how this was achieved
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    Processed meat and cancer – what you need to know

    You may have heard a lot of talk recently about the fact that processed meat has been classified as a ‘definite’ cause of cancer. And red meat is a ‘probable’ cause. But what does this actually mean?

    We’ve written a blog post where we look at what the new classification actually means, how red and processed meat affect cancer risk, and the likely size of this effect.

    Find out more
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    Top 10 cancer myths explained

    Google ‘cancer’ and you’ll be faced with millions of web pages. The problem is that much of the information out there is inaccurate or misleading, which can make distinguishing fact from fiction difficult.

    We’ve set the record straight on ten of the most common cancer myths we regularly encounter.

    Discover the truth behind the myths
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    Our youngest scientist?

    Eight-year-old Oscar Sawyer is on his way to become a promising young researcher after suggesting a clever idea to tackle cancer.

    He wrote to us with his theory about how cancer grows and how to treat it, which turned out to be remarkably similar to current approaches for treatment. Definitely a young mind to watch out for in the future!

    Read his letters and the full story
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