Once again the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network has invited members, colleagues and regular SCPN newsletter contributors to recommend what they have been reading on cancer prevention during 2016. We’ve asked each one to recommend the paper they thought would be most valuable to share. This paper has been nominated by Prof Annie Anderson, Professor of Public Health Nutrition, University of Dundee and Co-director of the SCPN.



Title: Women’s interest in a personal breast cancer risk assessment and lifestyle advice at NHS mammography screening

Authors:  Fisher BA, Wilkinson K & A.Valencia

Weblink: http://jpubhealth.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/01/29/pubmed.fdv211.long

Why is this paper important?

This cross sectional questionnaire study demonstrated that 1800+ women expressed an interest in lifestyle and breast cancer risk and 95% believed it would make no difference or encourage re-attendance. Most participants were unware that weight gain, obesity, alcohol and inactivity were associated with increased risk for breast cancer. The importance of NHS advice was highlighted.

These results support the action set out in the Scottish government cancer strategy http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0049/00496709.pdf to explore the ActWELL intervention in routine breast cancer screening clinics – a world first!

Main take home messages

Breast cancer prevention is a Public Health issue. Screening attendees report interest in receiving personalised risk assessments and knowing more about how lifestyle can affect breast cancer risk.

Time to think about duty of care!


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.