UBC Researcher Receives Close To $1 Million For Collaborative Project.
With nearly $1 million in funding from the Canadian Cancer Society, a UBC researcher will target cancer prevention strategies in northern B.C., where cancer incidence rates are the highest in the province.
Professor Joan Bottorff, Director of the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention at UBC’s Okanagan campus, will spearhead a multi-sector team of researchers and health professionals from the Canadian Cancer Society – BC & Yukon Division, BC Cancer Agency and Northern Health (NH) in a project aimed at reducing the incidence of cancer in northern British Columbia. “There is a pressing need for improved primary cancer prevention in northern B.C., where mortality rates for all cancers are highest in comparison to other provincial health regions,” says Bottorff.
The smoking rate in northern B.C. is 22.8 per cent, substantially higher than the provincial average of 15 per cent, and the region has the highest rate of lung cancer in the province. As well, reports consistently show higher