Oxford to raise awareness on World Cancer Day

Published: Monday, 1st February 2016

To raise awareness on World Cancer Day 2016 on Thursday 4 February, Oxford will be playing host to a range of events across the city.

With around 500 people and over £20 million spent on research last year alone, Oxford is one of the forefront locations in the world for cancer research and knowledge. Scientists across the city are working on finding the next great breakthrough in diagnosis and treatment and on World Cancer Day residents will be able to get a glimpse of some of that work.

The aim for World Cancer Day will be to give people a much better understanding of what cancer is and how it is fought. Oxford City Council is working in collaboration with Cancer Research UK and the International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research to support the day and improve people’s understanding of the role that Oxford is playing in fighting cancer.

These events include a half day open meeting with guest speakers from Oxfordshire County Council, Macmillan, Sue Ryder, Oxfordshire Prostate Cancer Support Group and the Cochrane Centre.

Taking place at Oxford Town Hall from 9.30am, the meeting will give people an opportunity to hear from experts in their field about cancer diagnosis and treatment in the 21st century. There will also be discussions looking at cancer in emerging countries.

Throughout the day Cancer Research UK will be out in the streets of Oxford with a stand in Bonn Square and afternoon site visits to the laboratories along South Parks Road. As with the meeting at Oxford Town Hall, these visits will be open to the public and will give them an insight in the pioneering work being carried out in the labs. The day will draw to a close with a gala concert at the Holywell Music Room on Holywell Street.

Councillor Mark Lygo, Executive Board Member for Leisure, Sports and Events, said: “Oxford has been at the forefront of cancer research for many years and I am delighted that we are coming together to celebrate World Cancer Day this year and showcasing why it is that Oxford is so well respected around the world.”