Scottish Cancer Prevention Network

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Dec 15

Our co-director Professor Annie S. Anderson explains there has never been a better time to stop scaremongering about diet and cancer in National Health Executive.

Professor Annie S. Anderson, professor of public health nutrition at the University of Dundee and co-director of the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network (SCPN), says the NHS can become an exemplar in the promotion of healthy living.

There has never been a better time to stop scaremongering about diet and cancer and to start sharing the good news! Several trillion pounds have been spent on researching the causes of cancer and we now know how to reduce the risk of cancer by around 25-30%. If we had a drug that could achieve this degree of risk reduction, there is no doubt it would be extremely well marketed. But, we are still a very long way from chemo preventive agent(s) and it seems unethical to sit on our expensively acquired knowledge and fail to apply it.

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