Oxford May Music: Cancer Prevention


Professor Jack Cuzick, Queen Mary University of London

Preventive therapy for cancer is still new; much can be learned from cardiovascular medicine, where it is now firmly established. This is due to the existence of agents with clearly proven efficacy and minimal side-effects, such as statins for cholesterol-lowering and antihypertensive agents to control blood pressure. For cancer, only vaccination against the human papilloma virus (cervix cancer) and hepatitis (liver cancer), aspirin for gastrointestinal cancers and anti-oestrogen agents for breast cancer have been clearly established as effective. There is a clear contrast between two different agents for preventive therapy – aspirin for gastrointestinal cancers – notably bowel, stomach and oesophageal (gullet), and endocrine therapy for breast cancer prevention. For aspirin the benefits are seen for a range of cancers, making identification of high-risk individuals difficult. For most, there are no side effects but it is desirable to identify the small subset most likely to suffer them and not offer aspirin to them. In the case of endocrine agents such as tamoxifen, the benefit is expected only for breast cancer. Development of highly predictive risk assessment models is important to identify women most likely to benefit. 

Free to those having a ticket for the evening.

Duration: 1 hour

Book Tickets

Book Tickets

Booking through Tickets Oxford has now Closed. Tickets can still be purchased online at www.oxfordmaymusic.co.uk/tickets or by calling 07973 838 507.

People who bought tickets for Oxford May Music: Cancer Prevention also bought tickets for...

  • music, talks & lectures

    The day will commence with an organ master-class conducted by Gillian Weir and will be followed by a recital given by Benjamin Nic...

    Mon 24 Jul

  • talks & lectures, music

    Marios Papadopoulos is the Festival’s Artistic Director. Since his London debut in 1974, his career as a pianist and conductor has...

    Sun 30 Jul - Mon 31 Jul & Thu 3 Aug

  • talks & lectures, music

    Paul Roberts is a rare combination of performer, teacher and author. As a leading exponent of French impressionism he has received high praise for his Debussy r...

    Mon 31 Jul

We use cookies on this website to improve how it works and how it’s used.

Accept & Continue