Cancer prevention

Cancer : A Chronic Disease Associated with Lifestyle

Cancer continues to challenge modern medicine. Despite forty years of intense research, it remains an enigmatic disease, causing the premature death of millions of people every year. Although some forms of cancer can now be treated successfully, several others remain extremely difficult to eradicate and still represent a major cause of mortality in the active segment of the population. Heredity accounts for only a small proportion of all cancers - less than 15%. Given that 75% of cancers may be preventable through lifestyle changes, it is becoming increasingly important to focus on discovering new means of reducing the incidence of cancer in the population.

Richard Béliveau

News Flash!

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that elephants are rarely affected by cancer because they express very high levels of p53, a tumor suppressor that supervises the maintenance of DNA integrity. Download this column