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Focus on cancer

One in two adults develop cancer over their lifetime. However, progress in treating cancer has been slow. Why has cancer been so tough to tackle? How are new imaging techniques being used to reveal the earliest signs of the disease but is earlier diagnosis necessarily better? Explore, discuss and debate these issues at this year's Cambridge Science Festival.

Wednesday 15 March

Is earlier necessarily better?
The issues surrounding earlier cancer detection are many and varied. A panel of experts from medicine, law, econmics and philosophy examine and debate the use of cancer screening tests.

Saturday 18 March

The battles within our bodies
Join scientists from the Department of Pathology for activities exploring the fascinating world of germs, cancer, pregnancy and our immune system.

Building babies: the key to life-long health
Babies born with low birth weight have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular, metabolic, certain cancers and other diseases in later life. Professor Graham Burton explores some of the possible mechanisms involved.

Saturday 25 March

Shedding light on cancer
Early detection of cancer is vital for successful treatment. Dr Sarah Bohndiek describes how advances in physics and engineering can be used to create sensitive new imaging technologies that help to reveal the earliest signs of the disease.

Sunday 26 March

Cancer: exactly the wong events, in exactly the wrong order
Dr Ben Hall, MRC- Cancer Unit, discusses how we take concepts from computer science and use them to understand and treat cancer.

Metabolism and cancer
Dr Vincent Zecchini, MRC Cancer Unit, reviews the history and recent developments behind the concept of cancer cell metabolism and the clinical potential of anti-metabolic cancer therapy.

A personalised approach to cancer research
Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute is home to over 300 scientists who are researching why and how cancer starts, grows and spreads. Get hands on with games to build your own cell, identify mutations in DNA, and learn about the early detection and treatment of cancer.

When one size doesn't fit all
One size bra won’t fit ten different women. So why should one cancer treatment? Meet Dr Jean Abraham and the Cambridge team revolutionising breast cancer research through personalised treatment.

Imaging cancer
A prize winner from the CRUK & EPSRC Cancer Imaging Centre in Cambridge and Manchester's public engagement competition highlight their work and shows how new imaging technologies are being used within the field of oncology.

Image credit: NIH Image Gallery