• Question: How important do you think it is for young people to learn about science and the dangers of cancer?

    Asked by marema to Gioia, Iain, Jo, Leo, Mariam on 23 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
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      Joanna Watson answered on 18 Jun 2010:

      I think it’s really important. Understanding science is great because it affects the lives of everyone. Even if you don’t become a scientist, knowing how science is done will mean that you can understand the science in the world around you and make informed decisions about things like what food you eat or what energy sources you use for heating – and loads of other things.

      It’s important to know that cancer can be dangerous and that if you catch it early it is easier to treat because then if you (or anyone else you know) gets cancer symptoms you can go to the doctor straight away to get it checked out. It’s also important to know about the main risk factors for cancer, like smoking, because hopefully it will make you choose not to smoke.

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      Leo Garcia answered on 21 Jun 2010:

      It is extremely important for young people to learn about science – not only its discoveries, but also how it works. The scientific method has applications in everyone’s life – and understanding it is central to a logical and evidence-based approach to living.

      In terms of learning about the dangers of preventable causes of cancer – of course! If people are informed about lifestyle choices they can make to decrease the risk of developing cancer, then this is surely a positive thing.

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      Mariam Orme answered on 22 Jun 2010:

      I think that both of these things are very important indeed. Young people should know about the dangers of cancer and of other diseases, so that they can make informed decisions about how to live their lives (for example deciding whether or not to smoke). And to be able to understand these things, they need to learn about science.

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      Iain Moal answered on 23 Jun 2010:

      I think its very important for young people to learn about science, because we live in an increasingly techonological age, and people have to be able to make informed decisions about matters such as climate change. It is also in their interest to learn about the dangers of cancer, because of its cost, financially, emotionally and socially.