A science communication researcher at the University of Salford is set to take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this month.
Dr Gary Kerr, who works within the School of Environment and Life Sciences, will take to the stage to claim that cancer screening, on some occasions, does more harm than good.
His debate is part of the ‘Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas’ show at the Fringe Festival, which sees leading academics put forward controversial ideas to audiences over 24 days. The cabaret is compered by Susan Morrison, one of Scotland’s leading comedians.
Gary said: “The general consensus is that cancer screening does more good than harm. However research shows that sometimes cancer screening can be quite problematic.
“There are some harms involved, and perhaps these harms and risks are not well articulated and are kept in the small print. The medical profession don’t really talk about the risks when they invite people for screening tests. For example, there is a problem with over-diagnosis in screening programmes and that some people are diagnosed with “disease” that is never going to cause them any problems”.