BC Cancer Agency Prevention Programs develop provincial programs that teach British Columbians how to reduce their risk of getting cancer. Our goal is to promote lifelong patterns of healthy living for all British Columbians, helping more people remain cancer-free throughout their lifetimes.
You’ll find our prevention programs throughout BC, including schools, community centres, daycare facilities, doctors’ offices, hospitals, and recreation facilities. The educational and communication tools that we offer are also readily available to the public on our main webpage at www.bccancer.bc.ca/health-info/prevention-screening/prevention.
The main office for the BC Cancer Agency’s Prevention Programs is located in Vancouver, with smaller offices around the province. The team works collaboratively with many partners across BC. Staff called Prevention Educational Leaders work in all regions of the province to connect with the public, patients and families, and other stakeholders. They work collaboratively with communities to promote messages about healthy lifestyle choices that reduce the risk of cancer and chronic disease.
More than 50% of all cancers are preventable, including skin cancer. Our prevention programs focus on the five main preventable risk factors for cancer:
- Tobacco use
- Being overweight
- Poor diet/ nutrition
- Sun tanning/ tanning bed use
Not only do these factors increase a person’s risk for cancer, most also increase the risk of developing other serious chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart and lung disease.