Once again December is upon us, and here at the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network, we’ve invited our members, colleagues and regular SCPN Newsletter contributors to recommend what they have been reading on cancer prevention during 2016. We asked each of them for one paper which they thought would be valuable to share and so kicking us off is Nicola Barnstable, Diane Primrose & The Detect Cancer Early Team, we hope you enjoy.

Title: Tipping The Scales: Why Preventing Obesity Makes Economic Sense

Authors: Arti Bhimjiyani, Andre Knuchel-Takano, Dan Hunt et al.

Weblink: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/sites/default/files/tipping_the_scales_-_cruk_full_report11.pdf



Why is this paper important?

What was nice about this paper was that they undertook a survey with the public to gauge their awareness levels of the issue which drove regional and local media coverage and generated additional talk-ability. They also produced some eye-catching infographics to make their message clear, outlined a handful of key tasks to the Government, and signposted people to where they could find tips and advice on how to live a healthier lifestyle.

Main take home messages

As many of us are aware there is a direct link between obesity and cancer, however, you may be shocked to learn that “if current trends of being overweight and obese continued, 72% of the UK population would be predicted to become overweight or obese by 2035 and there would be a further 670,000 cancer cases over the next 20 years”.

Yet another reason why we must strive to promote a healthier lifestyle and why obesity needs to be addressed in cancer prevention settings.

We’ll be sharing Papers of the Year throughout December – keep an eye out on our Twitter feed for more updates. Each of the papers will be available here as they are posted.