‘Fat shaming’ cancer ad sparks obesity row
Should Cancer Research pull its latest advertising campaign? The billboards are supposed to raise awareness of the risks of obesity — but critics say they are unfairly targeting fat people.
‘Be great, be grateful’ says sick teenager
In a moving speech, terminally-ill Jake Bailey told his classmates to be ‘micro-ambitious’ and focus only on short-term goals. Is it time to abandon grand visions and start living for now?
‘Spectacular’ drugs could cure skin cancer
Two new drugs have been hailed as the latest medical breakthrough in the ‘fight’ against melanoma skin cancer. Does the way we talk about disease affect its treatment?
Half of UK will get cancer, scientists say
A new study from Cancer Research finds our odds for cancer have increased to one in two. But is this an alarming trend, or simply a side effect of our increasingly long lives?
Tributes flood in for teenage cancer hero
Described as a ‘credit to humanity’, Stephen Sutton, the 19-year-old who raised over £3 million for charity, has died. What message should we take from his untimely death?
Mind-altering drugs hold ‘calming benefits’
Some patients dying of terminal cancer have found psychedelic drugs calming, and others with severe mental problems have also been helped by them. Should they be more widely available?
Angelina reveals dramatic cancer dilemma
Film star Angelina Jolie opted for radical surgery to prevent breast cancer, which an inherited genetic defect makes more likely. Her frankness has been hailed by health campaigners.
THE BIG QUESTION: Why is it so hard to cure cancer?
A huge new study has revealed that what we know as ‘breast cancer’ is in fact at least ten different diseases. Could this be a clue to why curing cancer has been such a struggle?
Fifty years since cigarette-cancer link proved
Half a century ago, a report from the Royal College of Physicians finally convinced the public that cigarettes caused cancer. Why did it take four centuries to show that smoking kills?
‘Breakthrough’ cancer treatment too pricey for NHS
A new drug seemed set to offer cancer patients a possible lifeline. Now the UK’s health service says it is not worth the cost – but can you really put a price on someone’s life?
Political guru inspires through bravery in death
Philip Gould, one of the architects of modern political practice, has succumbed to oesophageal cancer at the age of 61. His courageous response to death has been widely admired.