Pancreatic cancer: Prevention really matters

As I write this, the world is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. People are focused on disease prevention to a degree not seen in a century. The public understands the need for preventive measures and has taken extraordinary steps trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We are seeing public health prevention working.…

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Lung cancer in Canada

I read with interest the latest Canadian Cancer Statistics: A 2020 special report on lung cancer. The report has new results from the ComPARe study showing the population attributable risk (PAR) for known risk factors for lung cancer in 2020. We see the impact of physical inactivity, residential radon and air pollution, which respectively account for 11%, 7% and 6% of lung cancer cases. Tobacco use, the most commonly known risk…

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Skin cancer and school-based prevention

The landmark ComPARe study reaffirms that skin cancer is a major health issue in Canada, that requires strong efforts in prevention. Elementary and secondary schools are an important context for reducing this burden of skin cancer, alongside other settings. While it may take a while for schools to return to usual routines and develop new…

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About the ComPARe study

The Canadian Population Attributable Risk of Cancer (ComPARe) study estimates the number and percentage of cancer cases in Canada caused by modifiable lifestyle, environmental and infectious agent risk factors. The ComPARe study also estimates how changes to these risk factors through prevention could affect the number of cancer cases in the future.