Cancer Prevention at Cafe Science, Dundee
Cafe Science Dundee, involves a series of free events at Avery and Co., Dundee.
Last week the Cafe Science talk was by Professor Annie Anderson, from the University of Dundee, who co-directs the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network (SCPN). The SCPN aims to share widely the most recent research in lifestyle changes and cancer prevention.
Professor Anderson, also delivered a talk on cancer research 10 years ago for Cafe Science and she was back again this time to summarise the last decade of progress in cancer research.
We already know that diet, weight and activity levels can affect our risk of developing certain cancers.
However, although the latest evidence suggests that 4 in 10 cancers are linked to lifestyle, only 3% of the national funding in cancer research is spent on prevention research.
If such a tiny amount of funding is being spent on preventing cancer in the first place isn’t the rest of the funding a bit like bolting the proverbial stable door …?
So the SCPN works hard to encourage everyone in Scotland to change our lifestyles to reduce our cancer risk. They do this by not simply reaching out to individuals, but also to health professionals, cancer charities, policy makers etc etc. They share with everyone what we individually and collectively have the power to do to take control of our lifestyle choices to reduce our chances of getting cancer.
I have signed up for the SCPN newsletter. I have already cut out a recipe to try: Kale, Sweet Potato and Popped Chickpeas with Hummus Sauce. Sounds delish right? I’m doing a version tonight, but with peppers instead. And there’s loads more in the newsletter.
The SCPN is also involved in the #kettlecise on tour campaign (you can follow this on twitter) find them here . They are simple exercises to do while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil eg calf raises, counter push-ups, squats, marching on the spot etc.
The Cafe Science is led by the University of Dundee and supported by Abertay University. These FREE events take place at Avery & Co., 34 South Tay Street, Dundee DD1 1PD. You can get a cuppa and a cake and hear about cutting edge scientific research. Anybody is welcome. I go whenever I can. Having had 3 children study at Dundee University, I feel like I belong there!