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Time to stand up and make a difference

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 08 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3141
  1. Annie S Anderson, professor of public health nutrition and co-director, Scottish Cancer Prevention Network,
  2. Robert J C Steele, professor of surgery, head of cancer research, and co-director, Scottish Cancer Prevention Network
  1. 1Centre for Research into Cancer Prevention and Screening, Division of Cancer Research, Medical Research Institute, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY, UK
  1. a.s.anderson{at}

Current estimates for cancer prevention ( suggest that around 30% of 13 of the most common cancers in the United Kingdom could be prevented through improvements in diet, physical activity, and body weight. The importance of sedentary behaviour is also becoming clearer.1

As organisers of the annual Scottish Cancer Prevention Network conference we think carefully about what we ask our colleagues to do at meetings. We explore meeting venues with care. Regular catering options include deep fried items, sausage rolls, and …

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