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?

Thanks so much to everyone who participated! We had over 200 hits and loads of responses on the feedback survey! The video was really well received with 96% saying they would recommend to others and everyone agreeing they had learnt something from the video! 

Most of the respondents were healthcare professionals which provided some really interesting data to work with. The impact of research section and lab tour were the most popular.  

The audio and visual quality were commented on as well as the video possibly being too long. We found that in future, people would prefer a live event with a chance to meet the researchers so watch this space!  

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).