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Scotland Obesity strategy – Scottish voices

The role of obesity in cancer is too big to ignore.

© World Obesity
© World Obesity

What is agreed is that Scotland needs a bold and brave strategy for tackling obesity. There will be no “one size fits all”. In our blog published on January 1st, we reflected on what has happened in 10 years and where we might progress. This week we are continuing this theme and have asked SCPN friends who have many years experience in the obesity field to give us their top 5 aspirations for the forthcoming obesity strategy?  Continue reading “Scotland Obesity strategy – Scottish voices”

Scotland Obesity strategy – Scottish voices

By Professor Annie Anderson

At the SCPN we take obesity as a risk factor for cancer seriously. Last year I worked with the (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) on a new analysis for a forthcoming handbook on body fatness and cancer.

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If not now? 

We Can : I can … support cancer prevention on World Cancer Day February 4th 2017. Work to stack the odds against cancer occurrence and recurrence must be part of cancer control programmes across the world. Continue reading “If not now? “

Forgotten Superfoods: “humble vegetables deserve greater promotion” 

Eat plenty of wholegrains, pulses, vegetables and fruits is a very clear message from the European Code Against Cancer  but one that Scots don’t do well on. Despite the familiar 5 a day message our national monitoring programme shows negligible changes in consumption of vegetable from around 126g per day in 2001 to 129g per day in 2012.

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Papers of the year 2016: Adherence to Diet and Physical Activity Cancer Prevention Guidelines and Cancer Outcomes: A Systematic Review

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 Professor Nanette Mutrie MBE CPsychol FBASES FHEPA-Europe, Director of Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, University of Edinburgh. Continue reading “Papers of the year 2016: Adherence to Diet and Physical Activity Cancer Prevention Guidelines and Cancer Outcomes: A Systematic Review”

Papers of the Year – Tipping The Scales: Why Preventing Obesity Makes Economic Sense

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

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Prevention could one day half the rates of breast cancer in the UK – What will it take?

Around 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK.  It is estimated that around half of these cases could be prevented.  So what does it take to achieve that? Firstly, we need to know much more about the causes of the disease.  Secondly, we need to act on information as we learn of its importance.

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Health organisations: “Be the change you want to see in the world”

At its simplest level, the job of people wanting to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is to “redefine what’s normal”.

We have to make smoke free areas normal. We have to make healthy food routine. We have to make being physically active unremarkable. We have to make non-alcoholic drinks the expected.

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Be careful what you wish for…

Once upon a time there was a very, very big family who had to eat a diet of oats, wholegrain bread, home grown vegetables and some home grown fruit, but very little sugar. Meat, cheese, butter and hard cooking fat were scarce, and even milk and tea were limited. They had to walk and cycle a lot because cars weren’t so common as they are now, and fuel was rationed. The family weren’t very happy because lots of bad things were happening in the world but they were terribly healthy. When the world settled down and peace came, they all wished for sweeties, cakes, bacon, sweet drinks and white bread.

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