Public Engagement Project

Research constantly changes how cancer is understood and treated. However, if it’s not accessible to the people it’s for, what is the point?

My name is Elin and I’m a fourth year Biochemistry student at the University of Glasgow. For my final year project, I wanted to learn more about research going on in Glasgow. However, I wanted to do this in a way that other people could learn from and get excited about.
I’ve made this short video about what I’ve found. This video aims to break down research into Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) to get people excited about what is going on around the world but also here in Glasgow! In it, I’ll chat to some PhD students about their studies, look at how research has changed treatment over the last 40 years and go into a lab myself! 
I hope you enjoy it. Please fill out the survey once you’re done so that I can learn from this. Hopefully in the future other videos can be made like this about different diseases and research can be made more accessible!

Also, if you’re interested in the findings of the study, make sure to check back in January as I will upload my key findings!

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) accounts for less than 1% of cancer cases in the UK. It is most common in children up to 4. Survival rates are now an average of 93%! This is an amazing rate however we want this to be 100%. 

Childhood Cancer Incidence

  • Childhood cancer is rare – around 1,900 new cases are diagnosed every year in the UK (in children aged 0-14 years)
  • This means that around one child in 500 will develop some form of cancer by the age of 14 years
  • Childhood cancers account for 0.5% of all cancers in the UK
  • Cancer occurs more commonly in boys than girls. This varies by tumour type; the most striking excess is in lymphomas, which boys are more than twice as likely to develop. In the UK between 2015-2017 there were 870 new cancer cases in girls compared to 1,000 in boys per year. This means that 54% of children’s cancer cases in the UK are boys, compared to 46% for girls
  • In Britain, childhood cancer incidence rates increased by 38% between 1966-2000. Some of this increase is thought to be due to improvements in diagnosis and registration
  • The childhood cancer rate in the UK is the lowest in Europe, and one of the lowest of all Western industrialised countries. Australia and the US have some of the highest rates. The reasons for this variation are not clear 
    (Statistics adapted from Children with Cancer UK).