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Rewriting the breast cancer rulebook 

Our scientists are rewriting the breast cancer rulebook. By looking at faults in tumour DNA, they’ve found that breast cancer is not 1 but 10 different diseases each with a different risk of coming back or spreading.

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Stitching together a ‘Google Earth’ for cancer

This entry is part 18 of 21 in the series Grand Challenge

Our Grand Challenge scientists at the National Physical Laboratory are using their expertise in measurement to draw a new map of cancer. The team hopes it will point to ways to diagnose and treat the disease.

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My sister’s cancer diagnosis: ‘I just remember waiting for news all the time’

Rachel, from East Sussex, shares how her sister Thekla’s breast cancer diagnosis has affected the family so far.

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Computer simulation suggests risk-based breast screening could have benefits

New computer simulation study suggests only screening women deemed at a ‘high risk’ of breast cancer could help to reduce unnecessary diagnoses.

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Breast screening error: women need reassurance, not misleading statistics

In the immediate aftermath, estimating the numbers affected by a breast screening error might do more harm than good.

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Overdiagnosis: when finding cancer can do more harm than good

With new cancer detection technology on the horizon, ranging from blood tests to wristbands, understanding overdiagnosis is a huge challenge.

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Manipulating a mouse’s diet can stop breast cancer spreading

Our researchers have discovered a way to halt breast cancer spread in mice, by blocking a molecule called asparagine. But what does this mean for patients?

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Our milestones: Nudging breast cancer radiotherapy in the right direction

This entry is part 29 of 30 in the series Our milestones

The START trials provided the evidence needed to change practice for women having radiotherapy to treat breast cancer.

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Cancer patients diagnosed at an earlier stage are more likely to have surgery than chemotherapy

A world-first data report could help us understand whether cancer patients are getting the most appropriate treatments for them.

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News digest – obesity costs, radiologist shortage, breast cancer risk, and… avatars?

The growing global cost of obesity was in the news this week, along with genetic tests for breast cancer and a rare childhood cancer.

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