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A closer look at: diet and mouth and gastrointestinal cancers

Two thirds of mouth, pharynx and larynx cancers, and almost half of bowel cancer cases, could be prevented in the UK every year. Bridget Benelam talks about the current nutritional issues facing the UK and the impact of these on the nation’s health. World Cancer Research Fund expert Susannah Brown explains the science behind diet and mouth and gastrointestinal cancers, and Public Health Nutritionist Rachel Clark talks about how people can reduce their risk of developing these cancers.

What will you learn?

Understand the science behind lifestyle and risk of mouth, pharynx and larynx, oesophagus, stomach, liver and bowel cancers

Know how to help people reduce their risk of developing mouth and gastrointestinal cancers


Bridget Benelam
Nutrition Communications Manager
British Nutrition Foundation

Bridget studied biochemistry at the University of Manchester and later went on to do a masters in nutrition at Kings College London. She joined the British Nutrition Foundation in 2006 from the Food Standards Agency and has worked on a variety of nutrition-related subjects at BNF, including hydration, satiety, health claims, physical activity and early years nutrition. Her key role is the communication of nutrition science and she regularly talks to the media about diet and health.

Susannah Brown
Science Programme Manager – Research Evidence
World Cancer Research Fund International

Susannah Brown is Science Programme Manager (Research Evidence) at World Cancer Research Fund International. She works on the organisation’s Continuous Update Project. Prior to this, Susannah was a Deputy Project Manager at the University of Oxford, conducting research into diabetes. She has an MSc in Human Nutrition (specialising in Public Health Nutrition) from the University of Glasgow. She has represented her country at Rugby Union amassing 62 caps over eight years representing Scotland.

Rachel Clark
Health Promotion Manager
World Cancer Research Fund UK

Rachel Clark has worked in health promotion for eight years, with prevention at the heart of her approach. Rachel studied Public Health Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University and has a keen interest in how diet and physical activity affect our health. She has been part of World Cancer Research Fund’s Health Information team since 2011 and manages their cancer prevention activities for health professionals. Rachel has worked with many people to support healthy lifestyle choices and has a strong interest in the theories of behaviour change. She is particularity interested in how these theories can be applied to a community setting and the importance of health professionals in facilitating change.