There's More to Us Than Just Finding a Cure; Dr Ian Lewis Is Associate Director of Research for Welsh Cancer Charity Tenovus. He Is Also Working on the Development of Health Promotion Initiatives That Seek to Address the Increasing Incidence of Cancer in Wales

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There's More to Us Than Just Finding a Cure; Dr Ian Lewis Is Associate Director of Research for Welsh Cancer Charity Tenovus. He Is Also Working on the Development of Health Promotion Initiatives That Seek to Address the Increasing Incidence of Cancer in Wales


ON the wall behind my desk I keep a collection of newspaper clippings of stories relating to cancer: what cures it, what causes it and how we can prevent it. One such article states that "cancer is a disease of modern man".

This headline is actually quite far from the truth. Archaeologists have discovered a 75-million-year-old T-Rex skeleton that showed tell-tale signs of a brain tumour, and today we know that pretty much every animal is susceptible to the disease.

In truth, cancer has actually existed for as long as we have, though the first case to be reported came around 5,000 years ago by the ancient Egyptians.

At that time they were actually able to distinguish | Dr Ian between different types of cancer, though their treatment for the disease was pretty barbaric and not suitable for a family publication such as this.

Today cancer will affect us all at some stage in our lives, either through a loved one or the one in three of us who will develop the disease ourselves. Thankfully, more people are surviving cancer today than ever before. This has only been possible through the decades of cancer research which has greatly improved the way we detect, locate and treat the disease.

However, improving survival rates combined with an ageing population has brought us a new set of challenges as the number of people living with cancer in Wales is set to double to around 200,000 by 2030.

Just as research has been integral in improving the treatment of cancer, it is now crucial in identifying new and effective ways of supporting the emotional and practical needs of this ever increasing number of people. …

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