Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsGILL KILGOUR: We've just had further insight into how some people think about cancer. We're now going to revisit Anita and meet Brian, and listen to two of their conversations. First, let's go to Brian and his workmates. In this conversation, Brian is in his 20s and works on a construction site. Listen out for the lifestyle factors that could impact on Brian's health and put him at a higher risk of cancer. His colleagues bring a number of them up in conversation, but it doesn't seem like Brian is taking this on board. How do think Brian might be feeling during this conversation? Once you've watched the conversation, take a look at the learner activity and share your answers in the Comments section. [COUGHING]

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsSPEAKER 1: I mean, don't get me wrong, mate. You're looking good, but that cough, mate, I've gotta tell you-- it sounds bad.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 secondsSPEAKER 2: What is--

Skip to 0 minutes and 55 secondsSPEAKER 1: I'm just saying.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 secondsSPEAKER 2: You've got a cough there.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 secondsBRIAN: You cough. Everyone coughs every now and then.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 secondsSPEAKER 2: Yeah, you don't cough every now and again. Anyway, we shouldn't be smoking anyway. We've got to get on.

Skip to 1 minute and 6 secondsBRIAN: Well, yeah. I suppose we're here for a job, at the end of the day.

Skip to 1 minute and 8 secondsSPEAKER 2: Exactly. The boss said he's written everything down in the portacabin, so we need to go and have a look. Oh, and there's sunscreen in there as well. He said we have to wear it, because if--

Skip to 1 minute and 16 secondsBRIAN: Sunscreen?

Skip to 1 minute and 17 secondsSPEAKER 2: Yeah, because it's really hot today.

Skip to 1 minute and 19 secondsBRIAN: What?

Skip to 1 minute and 20 secondsSPEAKER 2: Sunscreen, T-shirts, helmet.

Skip to 1 minute and 23 secondsBRIAN: Oh no. I mean, this is why I like this job-- so I can take my top off, go to the top, and display to the world this item of perfection. [LAUGHTER]

Skip to 1 minute and 34 secondsSPEAKER 1: -- it might be a nice change if maybe you gave it a rest and put on a T-shirt. That might be quite nice.

Skip to 1 minute and 38 secondsSPEAKER 2: Yeah.

Skip to 1 minute and 39 secondsBRIAN: You're just jealous, aren't you?

Skip to 1 minute and 40 secondsSPEAKER 2: Yeah. We've had loads of people coming up and complaining at the front desk to say--

Skip to 1 minute and 44 secondsBRIAN: Complaining there's not enough people like me. [GROANING]

Skip to 1 minute and 47 secondsSPEAKER 2: It's not that.

Skip to 1 minute and 48 secondsBRIAN: You're just jealous, aren't you, little tubsy boy with your little--

Skip to 1 minute and 51 secondsSPEAKER 1: Tubsy?

Skip to 1 minute and 52 secondsBRIAN: Yeah, tubsy.

Skip to 1 minute and 53 secondsSPEAKER 2: Tubsy.

Skip to 1 minute and 53 secondsBRIAN: I mean, come on, we go out for those burgers last night, and I'm eating them and have a couple of beers, and I'm not showing it. But you, on the other hand--

Skip to 1 minute and 59 secondsSPEAKER 2: But come on, Brian. He's not the--

Skip to 2 minutes and 0 secondsBRIAN: I mean, is that beer?

Skip to 2 minutes and 0 secondsSPEAKER 2: -- only one eating burgers. You're eating them as well.

Skip to 2 minutes and 3 secondsBRIAN: You eat burgers as well.

Skip to 2 minutes and 4 secondsSPEAKER 2: Yeah, but I see other vegetables than a gherkin every now and again.

Skip to 2 minutes and 7 secondsSPEAKER 1: Besides, man, we eat the same thing. We drink the same thing. The only difference is I'm a little bit older. Trust me, this is your future, mate. This little food baby is your child just waiting for you.

Skip to 2 minutes and 16 secondsBRIAN: You are just definitely comfortable with your physique, but I'm uncomfortable with that baby, I'm telling ya. I'm gonna be like this. I train all the time. I go out, I have a drink, I have some food, and then I'm fine the next day.

Skip to 2 minutes and 28 secondsSPEAKER 1: And smoke one pack, two packs, three packs of cigarettes?

Skip to 2 minutes and 31 secondsSPEAKER 2: Yeah.

Skip to 2 minutes and 31 secondsBRIAN: Look, just something I'm working-- you're just nagging at me!

Skip to 2 minutes and 33 secondsSPEAKER 2: Look at the time. We've got to get going. You need to get some sunscreen on.

Skip to 2 minutes and 37 secondsBRIAN: Oh, always the-- [INTERPOSING VOICES]

Skip to 2 minutes and 38 secondsSPEAKER 2: Come on-- Health and Safety. I'll get in trouble.

Skip to 2 minutes and 40 secondsBRIAN: If you guys stop smoking, I'll stop smoking. What about that? But right now, you guys aren't smoking. I mean, are not smoking. You what I mean. I can't even think straight.

Skip to 2 minutes and 48 secondsSPEAKER 1: Tell you what, mate. I will stop smoking as long as you come over and just put a little bit of sun cream on that head.

Skip to 2 minutes and 54 secondsBRIAN: Just stop touching me, will you?

Skip to 2 minutes and 57 secondsSPEAKER 2: Come on!

Brian is under pressure

In the previous step we heard what some people think about cancer. We know that there is a lot of fear and misunderstanding about the disease.

We’re now going to listen to a conversation between Brian and his workmates. Brian is in his 20s and works on a building site.

You can practice your listening skills again with this conversation. In particular, listen carefully to see whether anyone mentions the word ‘cancer’.

Activity and Discussion

As you watch this video, think about the conversation and share your answers to the questions below in the comments section.

  • What do you think Brian is thinking and feeling during the conversation? And why?
  • How would you react if you were Brian?
  • Which aspects of Brian’s lifestyle could increase his risk of cancer?
  • How would you approach a conversation with Brian about his lifestyle?

You can compare your list of Brian’s risky behaviours to the checklist included in the downloads section below.

What’s next?

In the next step we will listen to a conversation with Anita, and see how she reacts to challenges about her lifestyle.

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Talking About Cancer

Cancer Research UK