About the Scottish Cancer Foundation

Our History

The Scottish Cancer Foundation was founded by two dedicated Cancer Researchers, Professor Sir Patrick Forrest, and Professor John Evans CBE, in 1997.

Their vision was to create a charity that would facilitate research aimed at addressing the high incidence of cancer in Scotland, and the poor outcomes in patients who develop the disease. Although there have been many improvements, a lot of work is still required, as cancer remains one of the major causes of premature death in the Scottish population.

Prof John Evans

Professor John Evans CBE

Prof Sir Patrick Forrest

Professor Sir Patrick Forrest

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors currently consists of individuals who have a major interest in relieving the burden of cancer throughout Scotland.


Professor Robert J C Steele CBE

Professor Annie S Anderson

Dr David H. Brewster

Mr Malcolm Chisholm

Bryan Christie

Professor David Weller

Prof O James Garden CBE

Mr Alan Hartley

Professor Gozde Ozakinci

Professor Farhat Din

Honorary Patrons

Lady Forrest

Joseph Morrow CBE – Lord Lyon King of Arms

Professor Linda Bauld OBE

Professor Rowan Parks – President RCSEd

Our Aims

Our aims can be summarised under three headings.

Improving the Understanding of Cancer and its Treatment Throughout Scotland

A stack of folded newspapers with colourful images.

To many the word "cancer" still implies incurable disease, and it is widely believed that little can be done to prevent it.  This is no longer the case, and one of our central missions is to provide information about how cancer can be prevented, detected early and treated effectively.  To this end, we have links on our website to finding out more about cancer and how it can be prevented.

Promoting the Prevention of Cancer in Scotland                              

The SCPN Newsletter

In addition to providing information about how to avoid cancer, the Scottish Cancer Foundation supports the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network. The SCPN is dedicated to understanding more about how cancer can be prevented, and to promoting this as widely as possible.

Nurturing Collaborative Research Across Scotland                                                     

Scotland has some of the finest cancer researchers in the world, but they tend to work in relative isolation. The Scottish Cancer Foundation believes that by facilitating interactions between the strong cancer research groups in Scotland, we can move forward more rapidly and effectively, to develop interventions that can prevent or more effectively treat cancer.