Cancer Research - Highlights and Opportunities

I’d like to draw your attention to a video on YouTube about cancer research. It is produced by the American Association of Cancer Research and it is in part, an advert for the American Association of Cancer Research and (the US) National Cancer Institute. Most of the statistics relate to research in America, however, [...]


BBC Journalism College

This post may be of more interest to me than you!  The BBC has made publically available their internal journalism training website and it’s an absolute goldmine!

As I write about science on a daily basis this looks like a fantastic resource. Why?

Well for a start, healthcare in Scotland is devolved, so some [...]


How many people in the UK have had cancer?

In June 2015, the British Journal of Cancer published research looking at the numbers of people, in the UK who had survived cancer. The article is called “Cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom – estimates for 2014”

Why is it an estimate if 2014 has passed? Well, we don’t know which people who have [...]


What are my chances of getting cancer? For women in Scotland.

Will I get cancer?  The short answer, no one knows for sure. The statistics show that over a life time 1 in 3 people will develop cancer.

“Statistics are for populations, not individuals, in the sense that while they are a guide as to what might happen to us in general, they cannot predict [...]


How many women in Grampian get cancer?


How common is cancer?  We know that 1 in 3 people will develop cancer at some point in their life’s, what are the numbers for Grampian? How do they compare with the rest of Scotland?

The NHS Information Services Division collect this information and analyse the statistics. They produce a report that is updated [...]


Cancer in Scotland

Cancer in Scotland is a short report produced my NHS Scotland (by the Information Services division, if you’re interested you can read the full report here.) In 2004 27,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in Scotland. 27,000 new cases sounds like a lot, a quick search showed that in 2004 the population of [...]