• Question: How long have you been researching cancer and why did you start in the first place

    Asked by 07spearson to Gioia, Iain, Jo, Leo, Mariam on 20 Jun 2010 in Categories: . This question was also asked by juicyjennifer, bechope, marema, boopeace, clark, jennieanalex, gthomas, billiew88, emmaandizzy, hollynsarah, jannah, helen1, mgrules, gracie, timonandpumba, nigeorge, hannahandkatiexxx, ilovescience2k10, letstakeajourney, bffjex, roseandellie, mildredmad, newhuish, mychemicalromance, sciencetube145.
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      Iain Moal answered on 14 Jun 2010:

      I entered the field of cancer research just over two and a half years ago. I started because I wanted to help alleviate the suffering of people who have cancer, and believe that I can make that happen.

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      Joanna Watson answered on 14 Jun 2010:

      I’ve been doing cancer research for about 5 years now, and I first started because I had a lecture at university from a cancer epidemiologist who really inspired me – he made me realise that study cancer is really interesting and important.

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      Gioia Cherubini answered on 15 Jun 2010:

      I have been working on cancer for 8 years, even if I have changed the specific subject of my research. For example I have been working on pancreatic cancer only for the last 2 years. I think that the idea that what I’m working on could one day contribute at least to improve the life of people with cancer was what made me go into cancer research

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      Mariam Orme answered on 20 Jun 2010:

      I’ve been doing cancer research for about six and a half years.
      I decided to go into cancer research, rather than any other area of research because:
      – cancer is a very common disease that affects an awful lot of people, so it would be great to help beat it.
      – cancer is a very interesting disease: understanding how the cells in your body turn into cancer cells fascinates me.
      – this one’s not a very noble reason, but I should be honest with you: compared with many other areas of research, cancer is pretty well funded, so it’s easier to find the money to do your research.