Cancer Prevention, Our Best Bet for the Future!
British Columbia enjoys the lowest overall cancer incidence and mortality rates in all of Canada. But the future is alarming. If we apply current rates on population projections we will see an increase of some 70% in the number of new cases in the next 20 years, driven by the growth and especially the aging of the population.
The good news, though, is that it doesn’t have to happen that way. We know that about half of all cancers could be prevented, so imagine if half of the 23,300 British Columbians expected to get cancer this year—didn’t.
Dr. Carolyn Gotay, Barbara Kaminsky and Sharon Storoshuk share the vision for the Cancer Prevention Centre, a partnership between the Canadian Cancer Society and the University of British Columbia, and describe some of the projects to date, including a workplace wellness program.
Dr. Carolyn Gotay, PhD – Professor and Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention at UBC; Affiliated Scientist, BC Cancer Agency
Barbara Kaminsky, BA’70, MSW’73, MSc’82 – Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Cancer Society (BC and Yukon)
Sharon Storoschuk – Director of Health Promotion, Canadian Cancer Society