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Open your fridge- the rough guide to healthy eating (and drinking) and your #healthyshelfie

There is no doubt that if you really want a quick check on the diet of a household just open the fridge door and look inside …. Continue reading “Open your fridge- the rough guide to healthy eating (and drinking) and your #healthyshelfie”


Keeping the workplace healthy in 2019: could we start a conversation about office cake?

By Lou Walker

Lou Walker is a workplace health and wellbeing consultant. She conducted the office cake research as part of her MSc in Obesity & Weight Management at the University of Chester. The research is currently under peer review but a summary report is available for free download from

January is a great time to embrace healthy new eating habits and after Christmas indulgence, motivation is often high. Hooray! It’s going to be great!

But it’s hard to keep those resolutions going, especially when the rest of the world seems determined to lure us back to sugar and convenient, fast food that’s available everywhere. Including at work. Even when we know the links between sugar, excess weight and cancers, when our workplace is just as full of tempting treats as the high street, it is extra hard to resist the sweet stuff. Continue reading “Keeping the workplace healthy in 2019: could we start a conversation about office cake?”

Paper of the Year 2018: Susan Moug and David Anderson

We asked Susan Moug, Colorectal consultant surgeon to tell us what her nomination for paper of the year. In reply, she talked to colleagues working in colorectal cancer and with the help of Dr David Anderson Surgical Research Fellow, RAH Paisley and University of Strathclyde the following paper(s)! are drawn to our attention. Innovation in early detection is greatly needed … watch for more on these techniques

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Paper of the Year 2018: Professor Linda Bauld

Nomination for paper of the year from Professor Linda Bauld, Univeristy of Edinburgh highlights the importance of alcohol availability in the role of alcohol consumption. Scotland has lead the way on minimum pricing – can we do more ?

Alcohol Consumption and the Physical Availability of Take-Away Alcohol: Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses of the Days and Hours of Sale and Outlet Density

Adam Sherk, Tim Stockwell, Tanya Chikritzhs, Sven Andreasson, Colin Angus

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There is a paucity of evidence on the effect of population level policies to reduce alcohol consumption. Alcohol-attributable cancer risk develops from low levels of alcohol consumption and rises in a clear gradient associated with the amount consumed. Arguably the most effective way to reduce these risks is to implement population level policies that contribute to reducing alcohol consumption. However, while good evidence exists on price measures to reduce alcohol consumption and on the impact of alcohol promotion on consumption, the evidence on specific measures to address wide-spread availability has been limited to date. This paper fills a gap in the evidence on availability by bringing together the results of a range of studies to conclude that restricting the physical availability of alcohol reduces per-capita alcohol consumption.

Main take home messages   

Alcohol is a preventable cause of seven types of cancer accounting for just under 13,000 cases of cancer each year in the UK. The more alcohol an individual consumes, the greater their risk of alcohol-related cancers. Decreasing the days and hours of sale of alcohol, and the density of alcohol outlets could reduce alcohol consumption at the population level and, potentially in the future, the number of alcohol related cancers.

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Paper of the Year 2018: Professor Annie Anderson

Our paper of the year … selected by SCPN co-director Professor Annie S. Anderson

This year has been dominated by one publication – that of the third expert report by the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research.

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Paper of the Year 2018: Dr Gozde Ozakinci

Our paper of the year today has been selected by Dr Gozde Ozakinci, Scottish Cancer Foundation Board member from University of St Andrews.

Questionnaire surveys provide guidance for action and understanding – but should we think again ?

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Paper of the Year 2018: Professor Bob Steele

Professor Bob Steele CBE Chair of the Scottish Cancer Foundation and co-director of the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network tells us in a few short words about his paper of the year…. and makes us think hard about the use of asprin in cancer prevention  Continue reading “Paper of the Year 2018: Professor Bob Steele”

Paper of the Year 2018: Dr Katie Robb

Continuing our paper of the year selection…. Health psychologist and winner of the 2018 Scottish Cancer Foundation Prize and Evans Forrest medal Dr Katie Robb from University of Glasgow highlights the following paper about changing cancer related lifestyles and importantly our environments.

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Paper of the Year 2018: Prof Nanette Mutrie

Title: Worldwide trends in insufficient physical activity from 2001 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 358 population-based surveys with 1·9 million participant

There is strong global evidence that being physically active decreases the risk of cancers of the colon, breast and endometrium (uterus). Furthermore vigorous physical activity decreases risk of both pre and post-menopausal breast cancer (

Being physically active also decreases risk of diabetes, heart disease and a host of other disorders. Additionally, active living can contribute to good mental health and well-being.

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