I am a Science Journalism student at City University London and this website represents my MA final project. It is also your website – you are welcome to share your questions, research and experience.
Cancer kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, but two in five cancers are potentially preventable, according to the World Health Organisation.
The particular case of cervical cancer helps distinguish the concepts of cancer screening – which detects – and cancer vaccination – which prevents. But despite the international guidelines there are different ways of tackling the disease across the world.
In order to explain the controversies of cancer screening, I will bring together international voices from the field, such as scientists, policy-makers and patients.
In fact, some experts claim that early tumours often do not go on to cause harm; worldwide governments approach the pharmaceutical industry differently; and the cancer knowledge of patients and the general public is far from ideal.
Investigating cervical cancer is particularly relevant as it raises the limitations of screening, the lobby of vaccine manufacturers and the integration of scientific research into national health services.
The Cancer-Screening project results from the assumption that cancer screening programmes are based on scientific evidence.
But is this the latest evidence?
I will collect figures and interview experts to answer this and other questions. Your feedback and insight will enrich the investigation.
So, if you want to understand the facts behind cancer screening and the cervix case in specific, then watch this space – and join the debate.
This project is being supported by The Guardian. You can read my post on their Science Blog here.