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Did you know that more than 50% of cancers are preventable?
About prevention
What you eat, whether you smoke, your level of physical activity, and how much you protect yourself from the sun are all lifestyle choices that can affect your chances of getting cancer, and your chances of preventing it. Alcohol consumption also plays a part in some cancers.

Knowing more about cancer risk factors and prevention is important for everyone. But it is also important for cancer survivors because of the possible risk for developing a second primary cancer (a new cancer that is unrelated to the original one). In fact, if second primary cancers were taken as a group, they would be the sixth most common cancer.

Please see the menu to the right for more information on each of these factors.

How healthy are you?

Assessing your health and potential cancer risk factors can help you make decisions to keep you well. Try our printable quiz and goal sheet

You can also protect yourself through BC Cancer's screening programs, which can detect breast, cervix and colon cancer at early stages.

Our programs

Healthy Living Schools certificate recipients

Our Prevention Educational Leaders build partnerships, collaborate, and support health authorities in assessing community needs and implementing public education programs, encouraging cancer prevention through health-conscious practices.

The Prevention Programs has several tobacco programs and education modules, which can be found at

  • Stop Smoking Before Surgery / Treatment: information for patients about the benefits of quitting before surgery or treatment
  • CTIP (Clinical Tobacco Intervention Program): for healthcare professionals who wish to learn how to assist patients in their quitting attempts, as well as a "generalist" module for individuals who do not work in healthcare
  • TEAM (Tobacco Education Action Module): for the non-healthcare professional, or any others who wish to assist people with their quit attempts is an award-winning program that has been developed by the Prevention Programs to teach young people about cancer prevention and healthy living. This program consists of an interactive website, and other printed and downloadable resources, which include:

  • Educator's Guide to Hi5Living
  • Cancer Prevention Quizzes
  • Self-Assessment Questionnaire
  • Daily ‘Do-ables’ - Strategies for Daily Change
  • Planning Tools, such as Goal Setting and SMART Goals
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Q&A Card Games
  • Healthy Living Planning Tool for Graduation Transitions

The downloadable resources can be found on the Hi5 Tools page of the website.

Fact sheet on Hi5Living

BC Cancer Prevention Programs Sun Safety initiative recognizes those preschool and daycare facilities in BC that have instituted measures to help protect children from harmful exposure to the sun. As a key element of our Sun Safe Program, we issue "Sun Safe Facility" certificates to daycares and preschools that meet essential sun safety requirements.

If your school or daycare wishes to participate in the pre-school / daycare sun awareness certification program, please contact Vivian Wong at (604) 877-6299.

For more information, please read the Sun Safe Program fact sheet below.

Some of our sun safety materials for young children can be viewed on our Sun Safety webpage.

For screening programs, see the screening website.

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