Cancer Prevention

Get informed. Get screened. It may save your life!

Dr. Alain Sotto

Dr. Alain Sotto
Occupational Medical Consultant for the TTC

Exactly why someone develops cancer is an unknown. What is known is that many studies have concluded that cancer is a multi-factorial disease. That means many things in our environment, our family history and our personal lifestyle may increase or decrease our risk of getting cancer. While some risk factors, such as our age or family history cannot be avoided, most can.

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According to the Canadian Cancer Society, cancer prevention starts with healthy living. Up to 40 per cent of all cancers can be prevented by being active, eating well and maintaining a healthy body weight. In fact, the latter is one of the best things you can do to reduce your risk aside from choosing not to smoke.

Even small changes to what you eat and how active you are can make a difference. For instance, there is growing evidence that vitamin D may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, particularly colorectal, prostate and breast cancers. Another example: the less alcohol you drink, the more you reduce your risk of cancer.

While we need to make healthy lifestyle choices, the other weapon against cancer is screening and awareness. Get familiar with the symptoms, pay attention to your body and book regular checkups and screening tests with your doctor. The earlier that cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat and the better your chances are of survival.

According to Canadian Cancer Society, on average in 2011, the five-year survival for all cancers was 62 per cent. In other words, if diagnosed with cancer today, you have a 62-per-cent chance of surviving five years compared to the general population of the same age and sex. That is a great improvement from the 1940s when the five-year survival rate was only 25 per cent.

The articles below focus on the four preventable cancers that kill thousands of Canadians each year: colorectal, breast, lung and prostate. The good news is that the healthy actions and choices you take NOW! will significantly impact your chances of survival. Learn what you can do to reduce your risk. It may save your life!


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