Cancer Research UK professor recognised for Outstanding Research award

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Professor Richard Peto of Cancer Research UK has been recognised at the American Cancer Society's 2006 Luther Terry Awards for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control.

Professor Peto received this year's Outstanding Research Contribution award for his work on tobacco, described by the judges as "among the most heavily used by non-governmental organisations all over the world".

His work has helped establish the link between tobacco and various diseases, including lung cancer.

Based at Oxford University, he is a professor of medical statistics and epidemiology and co-founder and co-director of the clinical trial service unit.

The awards are named after the former US surgeon general Luther Terry who authored a landmark 1964 report connecting tobacco to lung cancer and other diseases. They are presented every three years.

"Given the momentum of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, currently ratified by 125 countries, and the growing global movement to combat unprecedented and aggressive worldwide tobacco marketing tactics, the timeliness of recognizing these achievers' contributions is particularly relevant," said Dr John Seffrin, chief executive of the American Cancer Society.

"As reported by WHO, there are approximately 1.3 billion smokers in the world ? one third of the global population aged 15 years and older.

"Eventually, 650 million of them will die from smoking. This number exceeds the expected number of deaths from HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, automobile accidents, maternal mortality, homicide and suicide combined," he added.

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