MPs have warned that the Department of Health and NHS England have "lost momentum" in improving cancer services in the last two years.
While survival rates continue to improve, nearly a third of people still die within a year of being diagnosed and around half do not survive for five years. This places the UK in a poor position compared to the rest of Europe, the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said.
Hormone replacement therapy puts women at greater risk of ovarian cancer, Oxford University researchers have said.Read the full story ›
Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans has told listeners he is "in the middle of the tests" for prostate cancer.
The presenter talked about it after former Small Faces and The Who drummer Kenney Jones, who himself survived prostate cancer, appeared on his breakfast show in support of a charity campaign.
Evans told listeners: "I've got to say I'm in the middle of a prostate issue right now."
He said he had gone to see a doctor after he couldn't stop peeing, and that he scared himself "half to death" when he researched the subject on the internet.
Evans said he used to be "scared" of medical tests but added he had "completely changed my tune on this the last couple of years".
Patrick McIntosh, who overcame bowel, skin and prostate cancer within 13 months, got to the Pole in time to mark a symbolic anniversary.Read the full story ›
The government has cut 25 drugs from those funded by the Cancer Drugs Fund in a move criticised by cancer charities.Read the full story ›
Cancer is the best way to die, according to a former editor of The British Medical Journal.Read the full story ›
More than four in 10 cases of cancer in the UK could be avoided if people made changes to their lifestyle, Cancer Research says.Read the full story ›
Department of Health officials have said that £50m has been invested in early cancer diagnosis in the wake of a investigation into GPS referring patients.
We have already invested #450 million in early diagnosis of cancer, and, as the Office for National Statistics says, survival rates are at record highs.
Direct GP access to diagnostic tests is one pathway that helps with this, but there has also been a 50% increase in GPs' use of the urgent suspected cancer referral pathway over the last four years.
GPs directly requested over a quarter of all tests that may have been used to diagnose cancer in June 2014 and we delivered a record 1.6 million diagnostic tests in July 2014, compared with 1.2 million in April 2010.
An investigation has found that half of GPs are prevented from directly referring suspected bowel or brain cancer patients for scans.
Patients face a "postcode lottery" of services due to restrictions imposed by some clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), according to GP magazine, which carried out the study.
Freedom of Information (FOI) responses from 182 CCGs, which organise the delivery of NHS services in England, found 49% barred GPs from directly accessing MRI scans for suspected brain cancer patients.
Meanwhile, 50% of CCGs said they did not commission direct access to flexible sigmoidoscopy tests in cases of suspected bowel cancer, the study found.