Communicable cancer: The mounting evidence Mark Greener looks at at new research suggesting that certain cancers could be directly transmissable Human papilloma virus (HPV) and cervical cancer Aine Kothari looks at the success of the vaccination programme for HPV, and where it goes next Breast cancer: Smoking wipes out radiotherapy benefit Modern radiotherapy is an invaluable cancer treatment and can target tumours with unprecedented accuracy Advanced breast cancer care is 'Cinderella' to early diagnosis Women with advanced breast cancer are still not getting the care they need, writes Victoria Harmer. Spotting breast cancer in men Although breast cancer in men is rare, awareness of symptoms is essential, says Ian Peate Pill prevents womb cancer Oral contraceptives reduce the risk of women developing endometrial cancer. Contraceptives linked to cancer A study in Denmark has found that contraceptives could raise the risk of cancer, Mark Greener writes Breast cancer risk confirmed with new pills Numerous studies have suggested that oral contraceptives can increase the risk of developing breast cancer. However, a recent paper has noted that 'more recent formulations have received relatively little scrutiny'. . Cancer, strokes, menopause In-depth analysis of the latest research. Compiled by Mark Greener. New breast cancer hope Breast cancer encompasses at least four main subtypes (Nature 2012 490:61-70). Around one in five breast cancers express a gene called HER2. HER2-positive cancers grow and spread especially aggressively. HRT link to breast cancer Postmenopausal women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are at increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new analysis from the Women's Health Initiative.