Scottish Cancer Prevention Network

Art & Design Prize

Each year, we look to Scotland’s artists and designers to think about new ways to communicate the links between lifestyle and cancer risk, encourage cancer screening uptake and support others to make positive health choices. Our £250 prize seeks entries in any medium, which involve behaviours which are identified as impacting on our risk of developing cancer.


Find out more about the prize, download the brief, poster or application form and view all previous winning artworks and designs.

Kinga Elliot (2019)

'Cartwheel' is a painting showing a child performing cartwheels along the beach at St. Cyrus.

Amy Steindl (2018)

'Pitstop' is a service to promote worksite wellbeing by encouraging employees to walk to local independent cafes in their break times.

Ibrahim Karim and Erin Docherty (2017)

'Dougal the Dog' is an advocate for making small changes to diet, exercise and lifestyle to help prevent cancer.

Stacking the Odds for Good Health

We developed a Scottish publication for men written (mostly) by men! Health is a topic that we, as men, don’t often talk about and perhaps as a result we often fare less well than women, particularly when it comes to cancer, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Inside is some of the latest information and guidance on maintaining good health as (dare I say it) we get that bit older.

Better Living, Better Health

We developed a magazine to deliver cancer prevention information in a women's magazine format, initially to women attending breast screening in the West of Scotland Breast Screening Service and subsequently the North of Scotland and South West Scotland Breast Screening Service.

Conference Presentations

Every February, we hold our conference on or around World Cancer Day, presenting the latest research and projects related to cancer risk reduction and screening. Presentation slides are available from 2011 onwards.

All Presentations

Access all conference presentations from 2011 - present.


I am & I will 2019 took place on Monday 4th February 2019.


We Can, I Can 2018 took place on Monday 5th February 2018.


We Can, I Can 2017 took place on Monday 6th February 2017.

Eating a Healthy Diet

The European Code Against Cancer recommends "Have a healthy diet: Eat plenty of whole grains, pulses, vegetables and fruits. Limit high-calorie foods (foods high in sugar or fat) and avoid sugary drinks. Avoid processed meat; limit red meat and foods high in salt."

Healthier Recipes

View and download our growing collection of healthier recipes, including soups, curries and wholegrain recipes.


We wanted to give you some souper recipe ideas to try through January.

Seasonal Fruit and Veg Tips

Find out which seasonal veggies to prepare over the winter and summer months, and how best to use them.

Healthy Meetings

Ten important examples of good practice to help you organise healthier meetings and conferences.


Find out more about our Healthy Meetings initiative and download resources.

Printable Scorecard

Print out paper copies for delegate packs, display tables or for sharing physical copies.

Online Scorecard

Quickly tell us about a meeting without downloading files or sharing the results with others.

Helpful Tools for Improving your Health

Some simple tools for keeping track of your health.

Body Mass Index Calculator

Find out if you are a healthy weight for your height. You'll need your weight in kg/st lbs and your height in cm/ft in.

Healthy Eating Self Assessment

How much do you know about eating a healthy diet? Calculate your score from these questions on diet and nutrition.

Physical Activity & Calorie Calculator

Find out how many calories you can burn from different forms of physical activity.

Unit & Calorie Calculator

Easily calculate how much you drink...and how many calories they contain.

Keeping Physically Active

The European Code Against Cancer tells us: "Be physically active in everyday life. Limit the time you spend sitting." During busy days in the office or at home, how often do we find the time to stretch or be active?


How much exercise can we fit in the time it takes for the kettle to boil? The SCPN has developed a set of 13 simple "kettlecises" to keep you healthy and active throughout the day!

About A Bike

The SCPN has produced a series of info cards detailing various Scottish cycle routes and helpful cycling knowledge to help you on your way to being physically active.

News & Events

Keep up to date with the latest news and events from the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network.

Press Releases

Keep up to date with the work of the SCPN - our news posts and announcements can be found here.

Upcoming Events

View upcoming events related to cancer prevention and screening.


We recognise that education and awareness raising are the cornerstone to action, and produce a newsletter four times a year, which covers the wide range of our interests.

The SCPN Blog

Our blog features regular updates on the world of cancer prevention and up-to-date research, accompanied by personal anecdotes from our co-directors and various guest writers.

Resources for Healthcare Professionals

Initiating A Brief Intervention

A guide for health professionals on discussing cancer risk reduction with patients - with key messages about practical actions and signposts to websites which offer further help. Two minutes endorsement about lifestyle change from a health professional provides an opportunity to talk about cancer prevention messages - important when most people still think that fate, genetics and bad luck are the major causes of cancer.

The Road to Better Health

This document describes a Cancer Prevention Toolkit which can be used by those interested in developing Cancer Prevention activities in their local community. Although American in origin, it has many tips and ideas which translate into a UK and Scottish setting. It provides support right through the process, from assessing what is already out there, planning and implementing your activity, and evaluation.

Alcohol and Cancer Risk

This guide gives you the most up to date information about the link between cancer and alcohol, as well as practical tips on ‘how to’ make that crucial intervention. SHAAP’s brochure summarises risks, guidelines for sensible alcohol consumption, and describes how Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABIs) in health care settings can help save lives. It also provides links to sources of information and support in delivering ABIs.

Giving with health in mind

Giving ideas from the SCPN.

Initiating A Brief Intervention

What can we do in society to reduce the promotions on those excess calories? Here at SCPN we are focussing on tipping the balance in favour of no calorie/no booze options for celebrating.

Tipping the balance

Commercial marketing has sold us that warm glow of pleasure associated with beautiful boxes of chocolates, magnificent bubbly and exciting biscuit assortments. Now we can show our appreciation, our respect and our love in all sort of calorific ways and reflect later on whether it matters.

It matters.

Alternative Advent

Healthy Advent ideas to combat the Christmas excess.

Healthy #alternativeadvent gift ideas

Let's think about Advent calendars….which have got bigger and brighter and offer us lots of so-called calorific or alcoholic treats.  Sometimes we need to stop and think just how kind our gifts are.  But there are #alternativeadvent ideas too some of which can help rebalance some of the stresses of Christmas at little costs to our pockets or health.

Alternative Advent blog

We have written a blog to go with our #alternativeadvent social media campaign....