We’re rightly proud of Sir Tim Hunt – one of our Nobel Prize-winning scientists. There are just a few days left to see this BBC documentary about him and his work.
Here’s the blurb:
“The final part of this series looking at three brilliant contemporary scientists features Sir Tim Hunt, awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the mechanism of how cells divide – a discovery fundamental to the life and growth of every single creature on the planet, as well as a vital clue into the mystery of cancer.
Hunt recalls moments in his life that provided inspiration for his career as a scientist, from his father’s intent scholarship which shaped his early methods to his mother’s battle with cancer and the influence of this on his current position at Cancer Research UK.
In his own words, Hunt recounts the events that informed his discovery, from chance encounters to life-changing conversations and reveals his own opinions on the thought processes, both logical and emotional, that led to his extraordinary discovery.”
Throughout the piece, Wishart weaves in the tale of Julia, a myeloma patient, and her quest for the drug lenalidomide. Personal stories of cancer are incredibly moving, as you can see from our new TV ad, and they help to remind us why our work is so important.
It’s time to trawl the web for the latest cancer-related stories.
This week the UK is sizzling (or perhaps just sweating) in the sun as summer finally arrives. Our SunSmart team have put together a neat animation about the dangers of sunburn – featuring a voiceover by your own correspondent, Dr Kat.
The BBC’s Newsnight programme ran a special investigation into cancer on Monday 6th April. Here’s a short segment entitled “Cancer: Does science have the answer?” featuring Cancer Research UK-funded scientists Paul Pharoah and Paul Workman, along with our Chief Clinician Peter Johnson.
The programme also carried out a poll of more than a thousand UK adults, finding that although 6 out of ten people thought that the government had provided clear information about how to reduce the risk of cancer, only 3 out of ten people had acted on it.
As Sara Hiom, our director of Health Information says, “Our lifestyles can have a serious impact on our risk of many cancers, so we’d hope to see more people willing to make appropriate lifestyle changes.” When it comes to beating cancer, prevention has to go hand in hand with new treatments and early detection.