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1) How to tackle global inequities in cancer
Cancer can affect everybody, but not equally. Certain people, whether because of their gender, race, education or socio-economic status see worse outcomes from cancer. Access to cancer screening can differ, as well as the quality of patients’ lives after treatment. Our knowledge of biological aspects is also increasing. Professor Sulma Mohammed’s research looks at ways to understand and tackle these cancer health inequities, with a focus on sub-saharan Africa.
2) Cancer, ageing, and the importance of the tumour microenvironment
Professor Ashani Weeraratna has been studying the cancer microenvironment in her lab for the past 17 years. Taking into account that the tissues in our bodies change as we age is important when researching cancer biology. She hopes that gaining a better understanding of how the growth of cancer cells is affected by their direct cellular ‘neighbourhood’, especially when we age, could be key to developing better treatments for patients with cancer.