Media Contacts

Ministry of Health

250 952-1887 (media line)

Sheila Dong, Director, Strategic Communication

Canadian Cancer Society
604 802-2321


Facts about cancer in British Columbia
  • Nearly half of British Columbians will develop cancer in their lifetime. It remains the leading cause of death in the province.
  • There are expected to be approximately 28,600 new cases of cancer diagnosed in B.C. in 2021. BC Cancer projects this number will increase to 38,220 by 2030, due to an aging and growing population. 
  • In 2021, there are expected to be 11,300 deaths due to cancer in B.C.
  • Lung, breast, colorectal and prostate cancers are the most common types of cancer in Canada and account for half of all cancer cases.
  • About four in 10 cancer cases can be prevented through healthy living and policies that protect the health of British Columbians.

Centre for Cancer Prevention and Support

The Centre for Cancer Prevention and Support will work to prevent cancer and support cancer patients and survivors. It will bring researchers, clinical support services providers, community partners and innovators together with patients and the public to be a leading national hub of research and innovation for cancer prevention and survivorship.

  • The Canadian Cancer Society’s staff members and lodge volunteers help guests focus on their well-being as they navigate the physical challenges brought on by cancer treatment.
  • There are clinical support service providers affiliated with the work of the centre and could provide psychosocial support (one-on-one counselling, peer support groups, rehabilitation exercise programs, etc.).
  • A referral is not needed. Patients and one caregiver can stay as many nights as needed while they receive treatment at nearby treatment centres.
  • Guests can call the Canadian Cancer Society helpline at 1 888 939-3333 to be directed to the lodge closest to them. Guests can also call the Vancouver facility at 604 879-9131.
  • Rooms at the lodge cost $54.60 per night (single occupancy rate).
  • So far, grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Brain Canada and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada have been directed to cancer survivorship research, the development of new technologies for prevention and early detection.
  • Among other projects, the Canadian Cancer Society works with young adults, as well as adolescent and young adult experts, to co-create a digital navigation tool that addresses the unmet information and support needs of people living with cancer.