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Ageing population one of the main causes of increase

A Melanoma survivor's scar where the mole was removed

Four in five sufferers of skin cancer now survive

More than 80 per cent of people diagnosed with malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, will now survive the disease, scientists have said. Yet British sunbathing habits mean the number of cases continues to rise.

Lynda Bellingham has postponed a theatre tour after her cancer diagnosis

Actress and TV presenter Lynda Bellingham diagnosed with cancer at 65

Actress: 'Nothing's going to stop me coming back next year'

Persisted heartburn sufferers urged to visit doctor to rule out cancer

Cancer Research figures show oesophageal cancer has doubled in the last 30 years

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones on 22 April 2013

After Michael Douglas' claims, the doctors' verdict on oral sex: There's only a 'very small' risk of cancer

Michael Douglas may have been displaying admirable candour when he told a journalist this weekend that his throat cancer had been caused by a virus “which…comes about from cunnilingus” – but he also sparked a minor health scare.

The Archbishop of York John Sentamu has been treated for prostate cancer

Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, treated for prostate cancer

Primate of England will be 'out of action for some time' after operation

Research by Whitehall's 'NudgeUnit' has suggested that charities could reap an annual windfall of up to £4bn if people were automatically prompted to remember good causes in their will

The ‘nudge’ that could generate £4bn annual bequest to charities

Just asking people to donate in their wills could create windfall, says Whitehall behavioural unit

Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK after lung cancer

Bowel cancer rates for men rise by 29%

Increase may be linked to obesity and diets high in red and processed meat

Mark Leftly: Why the big cover-up just won't work when it comes to choking off smokers

Outlook I always wanted to smoke but couldn't inhale. At least, not without nearly coughing up my guts. Those teenage attempts to impress girls and peers alike ended up with me spluttering and them laughing. But there was no doubt that if I could master the art of puffing a ciggie, then I would at the very least look like an appealingly dishevelled private eye from film noir.

Ministers set to act over smoking

Plain cigarette packs 'on the way' for UK

Ministers could announce plans to introduce plain packets for cigarettes later this year, reports suggest.

HRT patches 'could be used to help treat prostate cancer in men'

Oestrogen offers effective alternative to current, aggressive drugs with fewer harmful side effects

Want to cure cancer? There's an app for that

Facebook, Google and Amazon team up with scientists to create game that sorts through genetic data

Difficulty making an appointment the number one reason people might delay seeing GP

More than a third of people in Britain might delay seeing a doctor over symptoms they think could be serious because of difficulty making an appointment, a study has revealed.

Stiff upper lip 'ups cancer risk'

It might have helped the Victorians build an empire, but having a stiff upper lip could be putting Britons in mortal danger from cancer, researchers claim.

Third more men die from cancer in UK than women, says main charity

Men are now a third more likely to die from cancer than women, research reveals today.

Targeted cancer treatment case study: 'I'm so grateful that I can live a normal life'

Mary Bacon, 66, from Cumbria, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in 2008. But targeted treatments mean she can now live a normal life.

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