Since 2014, the SCPN has celebrated World Cancer Day (February 4th) by holding our annual, national conference. We do this, not only to show our support for the initiative, but also on the basis that our conference shares the same aspirations to encourage prevention activities, early detection and treatments. The SCPN conference has helped us to share the latest in prevention and lifestyle research, discuss public health issues with health professionals, researchers, charities and government.
Over the years we have had many great speakers from MSPs to world leading researchers, and inspiring talks from cancer survivors. All of our speakers provide insight into some of the latest evidence on risk factors associated with cancer and provide information on what is happening in Scotland to tackle the lifestyle factors which impact on cancer e.g. smoking, obesity, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyles. Wider public health issues (the cause of the causes) have also featured, such as – health inequalities, food poverty, income and employment as well as government actions (and inaction).
Each year at the conference we have provided a SCPN conference bag – no free bars or pharma-material but prompts for healthy and fun activities. Pedometer, Kettlecise cards, Frisbees, Umbrella (get walking in any weather), strengthening band and our SCPN art prize winner from 2017 Dougal the Dog hand made brooches (if you can’t take a dog for a walk take Dougal)
We have had lots of great speakers, chairs and faculty. Our thanks to our regulars including Professor Martin Wiseman of the World Cancer Research Fund, Dr Aileen Keel (Scottish Government), Dr Hilary Dobson ( Scottish Government), Professor Nanette Mutrie (University of Edinburgh), Dr Susan Moug (Greater Glasgow and Clyde), Professor Fiona McQueen (CNO) and Dr Andrew Fraser (NHS Scotland).
All our conference presentation are on our website here.