Edinburgh Castle to be lit up as part of Cancer week

Edinburgh Castle by night. Picture; contributed
Edinburgh Castle by night. Picture; contributed
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Edinburgh Castle is to be lit up for BBC Breakfast Shine A Light on Cancer week

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Edinburgh Castle lit up in blue during a global initiative to turn the World UN Blue.

Edinburgh Castle lit up in blue during a global initiative to turn the World UN Blue.

Landmarks across the UK are lighting up this Thursday November 17 in support of BBC Breakfast’s Shine a Light on Cancer series, which runs from today Monday November 14 to Friday November 18.

New statistics published today by the Office of National Statistics will show cancer is still the biggest killer and throughout the week BBC Breakfast will be looking at the latest research and treatment, and raising awareness of how to prevent it and improve survival rates.

On the evening of the 17th November iconic buildings across the UK are lighting up to show their support of the week including Edinburgh Castle and the Hydro in Glasgow.

All the BBC Breakfast presenters will be involved; Dan Walker will highlight the latest statistics via huge projections onto BBC buildings in Salford, Naga Munchetty has made a film with her Strictly co-star Anastacia on the latest genetic research to improve breast cancer survival, and Graham Satchell has spoken to broadcaster Steve Hewlett and the BBC’s Nick Robinson about their own diagnoses of cancer and the impact of the disease on men.

Dan Walker, Breakfast presenter says: “This is a huge week for us on BBC Breakfast. Cancer is something which affects so many individuals and families across the UK. We know early diagnosis is key to survival so we hope to raise awareness throughout the week and show viewers how to reduce the risk. We’ll hear from some amazing people who have a wealth of advice and insight to share.”