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There are many different types of cancers. All are characterized by cells that start growing abnormally and spread to other parts of the body.

Based on the 2017 Canadian Cancer Statistics, 45% of Canadian women and 49% of Canadian men will develop cancer during their lifetime. The number of new cancer cases continues to rise steadily as the Canadian population grows and ages. The risk of developing cancer increases dramatically with age.

Finding cancer early (detection) is important: the sooner you find the cancer, the sooner you can get it treated.

There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing cancer:

Becoming informed about cancer and knowing what to do if you have the disease are important parts of treatment. The Canadian Cancer Society External link has resources to help with this, including resources in your province or territory External link.