There are many different types of cancers. All are characterized by cells that start growing abnormally and spread to other parts of the body.
Based on Canadian Cancer Statistics, 45% of Canadian women and 49% of Canadian men will develop cancer during their lifetime. The number of new cancer cases continues to rise steadily as the Canadian population grows and ages. The risk of developing cancer increases dramatically with age.
Finding cancer early (detection) is important: the sooner you find the cancer, the sooner you can get it treated.
There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing cancer:
- Not smoking or being around smoke
- Eating better
- Being more active
- Protecting yourself from the sun
- Being screened for cancer
Becoming informed about cancer and knowing what to do if you have the disease are important parts of treatment. The Canadian Cancer Society has resources to help with this, including resources in your province or territory .
Cancer in Canada Publications
- Fact sheet: Cancer in Canada
- Infographic: Breast Cancer in Canada
- Infographic: Colorectal Cancer in Canada
- Infographic: Lung Cancer in Canada
- Infographic: Prostate Cancer in Canada
- Lung Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Bone Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Cancer in Young People
- Colorectal Cancer
- Melanoma Skin Cancer
- Non Melanoma Skin Cancer
- Government of Canada action on Cancer
- Latest Research on Cancer
- Facts and Figures on Cancer in Canada
- About the Government of Canada’s Cancer program
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