Scottish Cancer Prevention Network

I Am, I Will | The SCPN Conference 2019

We celebrated World Cancer Day on February 4th 2019 by holding our annual SCPN conference. The venue for this year’s conference was The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, a beautiful and inspiring building which we hope was a fitting venue for the messages we heard throughout the day.


9:15 Registration (Tea and coffee will be provided)

Morning Session (Chair: Dr Hilary Dobson OBE)

9:30 Introduction and presentation of the 2018 Evans Forrest Medal
Prof Bob Steele CBE

9:40 Akrasia and all that
Sir Kenneth Calman

9:55 Update on the cancer strategy
Prof Aileen Keel CBE

10:10 Ministerial address
Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing

10:25 The latest report from the WCRF
Prof Martin Wiseman

10:55 How can screening programmes prevent cancer?
Prof Bob Steele CBE

11:30 Case studies in physical activity and cancer:

           Dr Paul Kelly

           Susan Moug, Ruth Miller, Dianne Kerr

           Dr Anna Campbell MBE

Afternoon Session (Chair: Prof Nanette Mutrie MBE)

13:30 If you can’t see it – you can’t be it
Prof Fiona McQueen

13:50 Be Active Against Cancer in the workplace

           Preparation for preventing cancer in practice
           Dr Maureen Macleod

           Promoting the Daily Mile in NHS sites
           John King

           Health inequalities and healthy living programmes
           Dr Matt Lowther

14:50 The experts guide to ‘con’ diets
Panel Chair: Prof Annie Anderson. Experts: Nicola Johnston, Dr Robert O’Connor, Prof Martin Wiseman

15:15 Movement and Stretch Break

15:25  Beyond Dry January: Rebalancing our boozy culture
Alison Douglas

15:45  Changing Drinking Habits
Graeme Callander

16:00  A year in the life of the SCPN
Prof Annie Anderson

16:20 Closing remarks
Prof Bob Steele

“World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and unites the world under a single theme to highlight the on-going fight against cancer. World Cancer Day aims to reduce the number of preventable deaths each year by raising cancer awareness amongst the general public and pressing governments to take further actions against the disease.”

– Official World Cancer Day Guide by UICC.

Since 2014, the SCPN has deliberately scheduled their annual conference to fall on World Cancer Day. We do this, not only to show our support for the initiative, but also on the basis that our conference shares the same aims: to raise cancer awareness, and press governments to take further action against the disease. We believe that cancer prevention and screening is a fundamental part of this action, and organise our conference to share the latest in prevention and lifestyle research, discuss public health issues and present this to health professionals, researchers, charities and government.

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