ANTHCED: An Anthropological study of the early detection of cancer

ANTHCED is an ethnographic research within a broad field that concerns the development of detection technologies through to their clinical use and social effects in the UK. Through detailed observations, sensitive conversations and careful participation, I trace the practices and experiences of ‘biomedical innovation’ in cancer detection that are articulated by scientists, engineers, clinicians, patients, biomedical research subjects and their support networks.  The study plans to use an anthropological method of analysis, which is broadly defined as an inductive and comparative exercise through which research participants’ experiences and worldviews are understood in their own terms. The systematic collection of these experiences will be put into a wider context, extracting meaning, relevance, and societal impact. Observing the real-life impact of early cancer detection studies will be invaluable to better understand the social acceptability of early detection technologies; and any relational, psychological, and even socioeconomic changes in research participants’ lives.

About the researcher

Meet the anthropologist behind the project [read more…]

Summary of the study

Here I explain the purpose of the study and the methodological approach [read more…]

REPRESENT: A new collaborative study starting soon!

Building on recent toolkits, we aim to design and agree on a roadmap to improve participant representation in early detection studies in a mutually beneficial way [read more…]


The principal investigator

Dr Ignacia Arteaga is a research associate in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

Get in touch

Department of Social Anthropology. Free School Lane, Cambridge, UK CB2 3RF

mia42[at]cam.ac.uk