We can prevent up to half of all cancers by lowering the risk factors.

Changing our lifestyles can dramatically reduce our chances of getting cancer: stopping smoking, being more physically active, eating healthier and reducing sun exposure. And if our exposure to cancer-causing agents like pollution and pesticides in our homes and other environments were reduced, we’d lower the risks even more.

What do we need to do?

  • Canadians need to make healthier choices, and Canada needs more and better education and outreach programs to promote and support those choices
  • Canada needs the right health and environment policies to reduce risks and increase protection.
  • Canada needs a cancer-specific prevention strategy, as well as a broader prevention strategy that addresses all diseases that share common risk factors to cancer

Prevention resources/links

  • Smoking cessation
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy eating
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sun exposure
  • Environment


When it comes to controlling cancer, we know what we need to learn. Research priorities have been identified that will cut cancer down to size. As a bonus, Canada’s uniquely diverse population and geography make us an ideal research base.

Cancer Facts