Chronic diseases (including cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory
disease and diabetes) are increasingly affecting people in Alberta, and the search for effective strategies to prevent them is a top priority1.
Let's consider the impact of cancer: one in two men and one in three women will develop cancer.2 One in four Albertans will die from cancer2. By 2030, the projected number of new cancer cases each year will be 65 percent higher than it was in 20103.
“Prevention is the best way to prevent chronic disease including cancer, and this means not giving these conditions a chance to start!”
Many Albertans believe cancer and other chronic diseases are a matter of bad luck or faulty genes and that there is little they can do to prevent it. Yet research suggests that only 5-10% of cancers are related to biology and genes. Age and sex are beyond our control. But about 45% of cancer in
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Connection to chronic disease
These same modifiable risk factors aren’t just linked to cancer, they are also responsible for most chronic conditions.
Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Mental Health Issues
Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Mental Health
Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Respiratory Disease, Oral Health
Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Mental Health Issues
While changing risk
2. Public Health Agency of Canada. Fact sheet: Government of Canada chronic disease initiatives [Internet]. Ottawa (ON); [modified 2011 Sep 19; cited 2013 Jun 24]
3. Government of Alberta, 2013. Changing our future: Alberta’s Cancer Plan to 2030
4. Alberta Prevents Cancer (2017) Community Cancer Prevention & Screening Dashboard. Retrieved from: http://albertapreventscancer.ca/why-prevention/prevention-screening-dashboard/dashboard/
5. [Insert Gov AB, 2013)
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