We found this site so incredibly useful, so we decided to keep it alive for posterity when it disappeared from understandingcancer.co.uk.

Please note all of the courses and blog posts are now closed. If you are Avril then please email us if you object to the site being retained then please email info@hpa-midas.org.uk and we will remove the site. PS We enjoyed both of your books.



Hello, I am Avril Morrison and I run this website “Understanding Cancer”.  I’m a scientist and I write about cancer research and cancer information on the web. The site was originally on understandingcancer.co.uk

My aim is to help you sort through the mass of cancer information both in print and on the web to help you find the information you want.  As well as writing this website, I also run courses, usually for small groups of about 5-10 people, who want to know a bit more about cancer, cells, genes and DNA. You don’t need to have taken any biology or medical courses to come along, you just need your curiosity!  If a group course is not your thing, please get in touch, I also offer private one to one tutorials.

Are you looking for cancer information? Where should you start?

  • For a taste of what you’ll learn on one of my courses have a read of my blog, you can find it by clicking on the “News” section at the top of this page.

  • If you are looking for a specific article or information on a specific type of cancer have a look at the “News index” page.

  • If you prefer to get straight to the point and you know what you’re looking for use the “Search” box.

Of course, if you’ve any questions or just want to have a chat about the courses use this form to contact me. Likewise, if there are any topic you’d like me to cover in future posts, please let me know, I’m always open to suggestions.

I guarantee you’ll find my courses modern, up to date and easy to understand. But don’t take my word for it, here is some feedback from previous students:

“I thought the course was very informative. It was great to be able to ask questions throughout”

I also have online courses available that can be accessed at any time, all you need is an email address and a desire to learn!  If you like what you’ve read but you still want more, have a look at my books, sometimes it’s just easier to flick through a book than navigate through a website.

Books for Sale

Cancer Information for the North East of Scotland

cancer-information-cover-web Understanding Cancer is a cancer information service in the North East of Scotland.  This book is a collection of some of the most popular blog posts from this website.

The book will point you to the most up to date cancer information on the internet.

You’ll find out about websites and information sources you can trust with links to cancer services in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and the surrounding areas.  You’ll also find information on a wide range of different cancers with facts and figures relevant to Scotland.

This book provides an insight into current areas of cancer research introducing some of the newest topics in cancer research including microRNA’s, drugs against receptors and gene studies.




A Photobook of Cancer Research.

photobook-cover-web1 If you are more interested in cancer research, rather than the facts and figures then have a look at this book.It is available from Blurb, click on the £ to get UK pricing.

Cancer research shouldn’t be a secret.  Many people believe that science is difficult, complicated and impossible to understand, yet as this book shows, cancer research is going on in labs all over the world every day. There is nothing mysterious about it.





Upcoming Events




Several Local Charities have their own Fundraising/Events Websites

  • CRANES – Fund cancer research in Aberdeen
  • UCAN – Support and fund research into urological cancers in Aberdeen
  • CLAN – Cancer Link Aberdeen and North – Support people with any type of cancer and their family and friends
  • Friends of Anchor – Supports the work of the Aberdeen and North Centre for Haematology, Oncology and Radiotherapy at Foresterhill. (The events listing is in the grey boxes on the top)

Other Local Scientific and Medical Events