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Katie studied biochemistry at the University of Oxford, before joining a lab to investigate why the immune system can’t control HIV. She then worked in science communication for the MS Society and joined Cancer Research UK’s News and Content team in 2017, where she writes for the blog and news feed.

News digest – lung cancer scanning, cervical screening test switch, ‘Trojan horse’ cancer drug and fossilised tumour discovery

In this week’s news: NHS England roll out lung cancer scanning, and a planned cervical screening test switch could see the time between screenings extended to 5 years.

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Preventing cervical cancer: how a screening switch and HPV vaccination should cut cancer rates

Cervical cancer rates are predicted to fall following the introduction of HPV primary screening this year.

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Meet the scientists taking on 3 of the biggest challenges in cancer research

This entry is part 17 of 21 in the series Grand Challenge

Three new teams funded through our Grand Challenge are about to embark on research projects focusing on the microbiome, faulty genes and chronic inflammation.

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News digest – NHS long-term plan, chemo ‘sponge’, NHS waiting times and high fibre diets

In the news this week: NHS long-term plan is published, and scientists develop a ‘sponge’ to help mop up excess chemotherapy in the blood.

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Too soon to say cervical cancer DNA test will ‘revolutionise screening’

A new cervical cancer test is big news this week. The science behind the headlines is exciting, but it’s a long way from being used in cervical screening.

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News digest – specialist prostate cancer scans, HPV vaccine catch up, breast cancer risk and surgery gel spray 

In this week’s news: specialist prostate cancer MRI scan recommended on NHS and scientists are developing a gel spray to reduce tumour growth after surgery.

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‘Universal fingerprint’ in cancer DNA points to potential blood test. But it’s not ready for patients

A ’10 minute cancer test’ is big news today. But while science behind the headlines is exciting, but it’s a long way from being used to diagnose cancer.

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News digest – cancer survival, cervical screening, immunotherapy on the NHS and US targeted drug approval

This week’s news: cancer survival in England still lags behind the best and a second immunotherapy drug is made available for advanced skin cancer on the NHS.

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News digest – NHS staff shortages, cervical screening error, HPV jab catch-up and ‘fat-clogged’ cells

In the news this week: NHS staff shortages could reach 350,000 by 2030 and an error meant almost 50,000 women weren’t sent cervical screening letters.

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Science Surgery: ‘Why do never-smokers get lung cancer?’

This entry is part 12 of 17 in the series Science Surgery

We don’t always know why never-smokers develop lung cancer, but the data suggests that genetics play a role, as well as environmental or occupational exposures.

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