Canadian Cancer Society study finds 70,200 cancer cases could have been prevented in 2015.

Posted on May 9, 2019

The Canadian Population Attributable Risk of Cancer (ComPARe) study, published in Preventive Medicine, was the result of a partnership between the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and a pan-Canadian team of experts. The study examined the prevalence of 30 cancer types in Canada due to more than 20 modifiable lifestyle, environmental and infectious agents risk factors using data from 2015. Researchers found 70,200 cancer cases could have been prevented in 2015. Cervical cancer was the most preventable cancer. Largely thanks to HPV vaccines, 100% of cervical cancers are preventable. The next most preventable cancers were: Lung cancer (86%), Head and neck cancers (75%), Stomach cancers (71%) and Melanomas (65%). Only 4% of advanced prostate cancers were preventable, making prostate cancer the least preventable cancer studied. 4 in 10 cancer cases can be prevented through healthy living and policies that protect public health.


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