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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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Medical student: What the 12 codes against cancer taught me about cancer prevention

During first year of medical school, I walked in to my nutrition tutorial eating chocolate buttons and I was told off by the person undertaking the session. I proceeded to place the chocolate in my bag, listen to how we need to eat our “five a day” and minimise sugar intake and then left the class to finish off my chocolate. During the first three years of medical school, we are taught about a long list of conditions that result from an unhealthy lifestyle. This comes in contrast with the very little teaching we get on lifestyle modification. So, if my teaching on this topic is limited, how am I expected to embrace this lifestyle myself and subsequently deliver it effectively to my patients? Continue reading “Medical student: What the 12 codes against cancer taught me about cancer prevention”

Alcohol – Finding the off switch #SoberOctober

In casual conversation amongst a bunch of friends I recently heard three accounts of people (all aged over 65) who changed their thoughts about drinking… so I asked them to retell their stories for our blog. In sober October I find these tales of inspiration, and a reminder that moving to being a non drinker may well solve many of the challenges about drinking limits.

Here is Margaret’s journey…. Continue reading “Alcohol – Finding the off switch #SoberOctober”

Healthy Halloween

Because without doubt, one of the scariest things about Halloween is the amount of sugar consumed…

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In 2016, 65% of people in Scotland were overweight or obese and strong evidence shows that the consumption of processed foods high in sugar is a cause of weight gain, overweight and obesity. The main sources are confectionary (chocolate and sweets) and sugary drinks. On average, adults in Scotland consume 14.1% of their daily intake from sugar, when the recommended upper intake is only 5%. This is a contributory factor in more people being overweight- toddlers, children and adults!

Being overweight or obese increases the risk of 13 different types of cancers, so to reduce this risk we need to aim for healthy choices, like lowering the amount of added sugar in our diets. 

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Changing lifestyles… you are never too old

During Sober October we are continuing our series on people who decided to think twice about drinking.

Like many mainly retired people, after I ceased the very active way of life associated with my full-time work, my weight gradually increased over the years. This was in spite of leading a fairly active lifestyle, including swimming nearly most mornings and lots of walking. I also thought that ate reasonably healthily – including the recommended five portions of fruit and veg per day. 

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However, my real problem was that I really enjoyed red wine and my daily intake had increased and increased and increased over the years. And, of course, red wine must be accompanied by a copious intake of crisps, nuts, and oatcakes, spread thickly with butter and topped with large amounts of cheese.  I made the usual excuses: I enjoy drinking wine since it is relaxing and sociable and alleviates stress, I can certainly afford it, I don’t have to get up and go to work anymore and I don’t need to drive much since I have a bus pass.  And, the wonderful rationale of: well, I see all these old guys like me in the gym dressing room, and I am not nearly as overweight as some of them! Continue reading “Changing lifestyles… you are never too old”

Top 10 tips to #SitLessMoveMore at work

We all know we should try to be active regularly to stay healthy – it is recommended we do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week. We can do this by walking, going to a gym class or taking part in a team sport. It is also recommended we try to reduce and break up our sitting time. It is important to think about physical activity and sitting separately to maximise the benefits for our health. People fall into four categories when it comes to their physical activity and sedentary behaviours: Continue reading “Top 10 tips to #SitLessMoveMore at work”

Do We Forget About Men?

Monday marked the start of #MensHealthWeek 2018, so are WE as a nation doing enough to help men look after their health?!  We know when it comes to health, men are less likely to talk to each other about their concerns and are less likely to visit their GP so here are some, perhaps surprising, facts about men… Continue reading “Do We Forget About Men?”

Paper of the Year 2017: Professor Bob Steele and Professor Annie Anderson

We asked SCPN friends and advisors to tell us about a report/paper/findings/work on cancer screening and prevention that has been published this year and has made them stop and think. The works span a wide range of areas from very detailed scientific investigation, reviews of physical activities, and blogs of model work. We find them a complete inspiration. When only 3% of the NCRI research budget is spent on prevention and virtually nil on implementation research; these papers provide a window on some of the very good reasons why cancer screening and prevention should be a leading part of cancer control research.

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Paper of the Year 2017: Dr Graham Colditz

We asked SCPN friends and advisors to tell us about a report/paper/findings/work on cancer screening and prevention that has been published this year and has made them stop and think. The works span a wide range of areas from very detailed scientific investigation, reviews of physical activities, and blogs of model work. We find them a complete inspiration. When only 3% of the NCRI research budget is spent on prevention and virtually nil on implementation research; these papers provide a window on some of the very good reasons why cancer screening and prevention should be a leading part of cancer control research.

Continue reading “Paper of the Year 2017: Dr Graham Colditz”

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