Nova Scotia Health researching cancer risks in hundreds of communities – CBC

Study aims to inform targeted prevention strategies in the province

Jul 05, 2023

Researchers from Nova Scotia Health are poring over local cancer data as part of a new study, with the aim of providing evidence the province can use to tailor cancer prevention measures for different communities.

The Nova Scotia Community Cancer Matrix study is analyzing the risk of 22 different types of cancer in 301 communities.

Lead researcher Nathalie Saint-Jacques said this is the first research project in Atlantic Canada that looks at cancer data at such a local level.

This is important because provincial and county data is not enough to determine where the province should focus its cancer prevention efforts, Saint-Jacques said.

“We have limited [resources] and we know that 50 per cent of the cancers are caused by factors that are avoidable and they’re therefore preventable,” she said. “So cancer prevention is really the most cost-effective and sustainable way to [control] cancer.”

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