A picture of Ed, Kat and HenryHello and welcome to Cancer Research UK’s new ‘Science Update’ blog.

We’ve launched this blog for several reasons.

Firstly, the constant, often contradictory media coverage of the subject of ‘cancer’ can get very confusing. Some stories are based on good, sound science. Some are based on myth and rumour. So we’re going to pick these stories apart and lay out the facts behind them (we hope!) in a clear, easy-to-understand way.

Secondly, Cancer Research UK funds the work of over four thousand researchers around the country, supported by the ever-generous British public. So we’ll be highlighting our key researchers and discoveries, to show you how the charity spends its money on cutting edge cancer science.

Also, there’s loads of really exciting cancer science that goes on around the world, but which seldom makes it into the mainstream media. We’ll be writing about this, to try to show you the ‘big picture’ of the global effort to beat the disease.

Finally, we want to hear what you think. What did you make of the stories of the day? Does a story about, say, diet and cancer make you want to rush to the supermarket to buy a kilo of fruit, or just make you want never to eat another vegetable again? Blogs are all about dialogue and conversation, discussion and debate. So please let us know your thoughts by using the comments box below each post.

You may notice that there’s quite a lot of content already on the blog. That’s because we had a bit of an internal trial before making this public. Since this went really well, we decided to keep all the old posts. Please do feel free to have a browse around, and let us know what you think.

We hope you find our efforts useful, thought-provoking and enlightening.


Henry, Kat & Ed