We conduct research on primary cancer prevention. Our focus is on research that engages with people and builds on real-world and practical experience. Our projects help people reduce their cancer risk by addressing lifestyle, occupational, and environmental factors.

Attitudes toward cancer prevention

Attitudes toward cancer prevention are influenced by cognitive, social, and environmental factors that are part of the social determinants of health. Factors such as gender, education, occupation, geographic location, current behaviours, and available resources shape individual attitudes about cancer prevention.

Obituary study
Workplace awareness and knowledge study

Breast cancer risk reduction

Women’s breast cancer risk can be reduced through improved lifestyle factors, such as increasing physical activity, maintaining a healthy body weight, eating healthy foods, and limiting alcohol consumption, among others.

Breast cancer prevention clinic
Can exercise improve cancer associated cognitive dysfunction?
Adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy for breast cancer
Improving cancer-related outcomes in shift workers

Nutrition and fitness

Nutrition, alcohol, obesity, and physical activity have all been identified as important factors that contribute to cancer development. Prevention efforts focus on increasing physical activity, boosting fruit and vegetable consumption, limiting alcohol, and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Breast cancer prevention clinic
Working on wellness in strategic populations
Can exercise improve cancer associated cognitive dysfunction?
Improving healthy outcomes for prostate cancer patients
Interventions to increase workplace wellness
Vitamin D in the media

Occupational and environmental health

Occupational and environmental exposures have also been linked to cancer. Exposures to carcinogens can occur in the workplace, and in daily life. Given that occupational exposures to carcinogens are preventable, this is an important avenue for cancer prevention.

Interventions to increase workplace wellness
Improving cancer-related outcomes in shift workers
Workplace awareness and knowledge study

Social determinants of health

In addition to lifestyle, occupational, and environmental cancer risks, there are social, economic, and cultural forces that influence cancer risk factors. These are underlying social factors influence people’s behaivours, which can increase cancer risk.

Socio-economic status and cancer

Tobacco control

Every year, approximately thirty-seven thousand Canadians die from tobacco use. Smoking not only affects the lungs, but also increases the risk for many other cancers, including bladder, cervix, colon and rectum, esophagus, and kidney, among others. In addition, tobacco is linked with many other chronic diseases and conditions.

FACET 4: Tobacco reduction support for new fathers
Supporting tailored approaches to reducing tobacco (START)


Infections from viruses and bacteria have been identified as precursors for specific cancers. Preventing exposure to infectious agents is an important area for cancer prevention.