Cancer Research UK's Professor Sir Richard Peto wins BMJ Group Lifetime Achievement Award

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Cancer Research UK scientist Professor Sir Richard Peto has been presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the international BMJ Group Awards in London.

The eminent cancer researcher received the award, voted for by BMJ readers, in recognition of his work into the effects of smoking and cancer prevention.

Professor Peto is co-director of the Clinical Trial Service Unit & Epidemiological Studies Unit at the University of Oxford.

His research with Professor Sir Richard Doll revealed the long-term dangers of smoking and has influenced the health policies of governments and helped save thousands of lives across the world.

In addition to his work on smoking, Professor Peto was instrumental in developing the 'meta-analysis' research technique, which is used to combine the results of several different trials in order to provide an overall analysis of their findings.

His unit in Oxford runs some of the largest clinical trials in the world and his contributions to improvements in treatments have helped to bring down breast cancer death rates in the UK since the 1980s.

Professor Peto was presented with his award by Stella Dutton, chief executive officer of BMJ Group, at a ceremony in London on Wednesday (May 18th).

David Scott, director of science funding at Cancer Research UK, said: "It's fantastic to see Professor Sir Richard Peto's outstanding achievements honoured by BMJ readers.

"Without Sir Richard's work we wouldn't be equipped with the vital knowledge that smoking causes lung cancer. We now know that smoking causes nine out of ten lung cancers. Giving up smoking is the most important way to cut down your risk of cancer."