DNA fingerprinting experiment
Analyzing thousands of tumours provides new details about cancer cells

When we think about cancer, we often want to know where it is located in the body. Classifying cancers by where they develop and the cells that are involved are still the dominant ways we think about the disease, guiding how doctors treat it and researchers study it.

New clinical trial may change prostate cancer treatment
Genetic research suggests potential strategy to find prostate cancer early

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Canadian men, with approximately 21,300 men in Canada diagnosed with the disease last year.

Just released!

Canadian Cancer Statistics: A 2018 special report on cancer incidence by stage was released on June 13. This publication was developed jointly by the Canadian Cancer Society, Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada in collaboration with provincial and territorial cancer registries.

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How the HPV vaccine works

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How CAR-T cells work to fight cancer

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The challenges behind the fight against cancer

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Using stem cells as a potential cancer vaccine

Induced pluripotent stem cells are made from skin or blood cells that are reprogrammed to become any cell type in the body, making them great targets for regenerative medicine. However, scientists from Stanford University found that IPS cells look and act just like cancer cells, making them potential cancer vaccines. By injecting mice first with a vaccine made of IPS cells then with cancer cells, the mouse’s immune system got a head-start on recognizing cancer cells by launching an immune…

HPV test better than Pap

A new study conducted in British Columbia has shown that the human papillomavirus (HPV) test is better than the Pap test at finding early signs of cervical cancer. Unlike the Pap test, which looks for abnormal cells in the cervix, the HPV test searches for viral DNA in cervical cells. These results support the addition of the HPV test into cervical cancer screening programs. Learn more about this important Canadian study in an article from CBC News.

Third-hand smoke: should we be worried?

Some research suggests that chemicals from tobacco smoke might be lurking on walls, clothes and skin, long after the smoke has cleared. So far, some animal studies have shown that exposure to thirdhand smoke might be harmful to your health. Different experts weigh in on what these findings could mean. Learn more in an article from the National Post.

Blood test to detect cancers shows promise

A blood test called a liquid biopsy can accurately detect gallbladder, liver, ovarian and pancreatic cancers, correctly finding the disease in at least 4 out of 5 patients. While more clinical testing is needed, these results pave the way for this test to be used as a universal screening tool to help doctors detect cancers earlier in patients. Read more about this breakthrough at The Guardian.

Making the mammogram less painful

Getting a mammogram is an important step in breast cancer screening, but people often fear the pain of breast compression. A new screening device gives people more control over the degree of compression, leaving them more relaxed and resulting in a clearer image. A quick and painless procedure might encourage more people to get screened now to catch cancer early. Learn more in an article from the Toronto Star.

Plain tobacco packaging coming to Canada

Smoking is a major cause of lung cancer and remains a major target for cancer prevention. With several policies regulating cigarette smoking in public places, the government of Canada has passed Bill S-5, which gives Health Canada authority to regulate vaping or e-cigarette use and an opportunity to pursue a plain packaging strategy for cigarettes. Learn more in an article from CBC News.