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Written by Melissa Ashman on Thursday, September 13, 2018

This blog post is authored by Ace Chan, Angelica Leon, and Narsis Afghari.Three students are recent recipients of MSc degrees from the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health.  All three were supervised by Dr. Carolyn Gotay and they conducted thesis projects...

Written by Carolyn Gotay on Thursday, April 26, 2018

Cancer is one of the leading threats to the health of Canadians. It is the top cause of death in the country, accounting for more than 80,000 deaths (30% of all deaths) in 2017. In the same year, more than 200,000 Canadians were diagnosed with the disease and lung, colorectal, prostate or breast...

Written by Carolyn Gotay on Saturday, January 13, 2018

Above: Faculty, staff, and students of the Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention, December 2017It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since I came to the University of British Columbia (UBC) to become the inaugural holder of the Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention. This...

Written by Carolyn Gotay on Tuesday, November 7, 2017

As the most common invasive female cancer in Canada, breast cancer represents a significant burden for women and society. Approximately 1 in 8 Canadian women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, and 1 in 31 women will die from the disease. In British Columbia in 2017, an estimated 3,500...

Written by Carly Sable on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

What if the foods we eat could provide clues to living not just a long life, but a long and healthy life?Lifespan in Canada dramatically increased from 50 to close to 80 years during the 20th century, and Canadians aged 85 years and older are the second fastest growing segment of our population....

Written by Gaya Murthy on Monday, March 27, 2017

“But I don’t like broccoli!”If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. In many Canadian families, mealtimes can be confusing, stressful, and frustrating. From navigating picky eating to separating fact from fiction when it comes to deciphering “healthy” foods and quantities, it’s no wonder many...

Written by Amina Moustaqim-Barrette on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

This November, I had the unique opportunity of joining 16 inspiring youth from across Canada at the United Nation’s 22nd Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 22) in Marrakech, Morocco. I spent two weeks listening to scientists and health professionals from around the world discuss the unique...

Written by Melissa Ashman on Wednesday, November 16, 2016

University can be a time of great change, and a period when students form habits for a lifetime. Eating processed foods on the go, sitting for long periods of time while studying, and binge drinking alcohol are just some of the things that can take their toll on students’ health in both the short-...

Written by Trevor Dummer on Monday, October 17, 2016

In 1991, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified coffee as a Group 2B carcinogen, meaning it was “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” A recent re-assessment of the evidence downgraded coffee to Group 3, which means it is “not classifiable” on the basis of there being...

Written by Ciana Maher on Friday, August 12, 2016

Cancer does not pose an equal burden across the population. Research has shown that outcomes for cancer, like those for many other health conditions, vary according to socioeconomic status (SES).  Researchers at the Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention explored the link between SES and...