In the news - Breast cancer breakthrough

Breast cancer has traditionally been recognised as a single condition with three or four varieties, but research carried out by Cancer Research UK scientists has discovered that there are actually ten distinct types.

In the news this week

Breast cancer breakthrough


Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding breast cancer that experts have said will have an enormous impact on the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. It was previously thought that breast cancer was a single condition with three or four varieties; however research carried out on British women by Cancer Research UK has discovered that there are actually ten distinct types. It is hoped that the findings of the study, which analysed the genetics of 2,000 tumours, will help doctors choose the most suitable treatments for patients, increasing the number of people whose lives are saved.


We've hand-picked some resources below to help you discuss this news story in your classroom.




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Cancer prevention

  • Help students understand what they can do to keep healthy and lower the risk of getting cancer with foodafactoflife's colourful PowerPoint.

Scientific research

  • A video from the NowgenSchools Genomics Programme exploring the genetic and environmental factors affecting breast cancer.

Health screening

  • Get students analysing medical data and discussing the sociological effect of screenings with these resources from NGfLCymru.

Understanding cancer

  • Types of cancer, statistics and treatments are all explained in this factual PowerPoint

Further news resources


First News front page

  • Help your pupils understand the features of the front page of a newspaper.

Write all about it

  • Get students creating their own news report with this step-by-step guide

What is the News?

  • A sociological and media perspective on what makes an event 'newsworthy'.

On the box

  • Help pupils to write their own TV news broadcast with this handy PowerPoint.

Structuring stories

  • A scheme of work to help students structure news stories.

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