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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

Organised jointly with the Early Detection Program, CRUK/Cambridge Cancer Centre. This event is part of the Cambridge Science Festival 2018

The sixth sense of the oncologist: How doctors can find cancer earlier and why you may not necessarily want to know

A panel of experts will answer questions arising from the rapid evolution of early cancer detection: How likely is early cancer to become a clinically relevant problem during my lifetime? And how does that risk compare to other healthcare problems? If I am found to be at risk of cancer does it mean I am now a "sick person" or am I still a healthy individual? What level of false positive or negative test results is acceptable? How can we weigh up the side-effects of preventative testing on a large-scale healthy population versus the poorer outcomes advanced cancer on a per individual basis? How does screening stack up with inequality in healthcare systems?

The discussion will be chaired by Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of the BMJ.

This event is free to attend but registration is needed: please click here to register


Thursday, 15 March, 2018 - 18:00 to 19:30
Event location: 
St Edmund's College (Garden Room)



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