Changing Our Future: Alberta’s Cancer Plan to 2030
Cancer is a devastating illness that dramatically affects the lives of cancer patients and their families. On average, 500 Canadians are diagnosed with cancer each day. An estimated 2 out of 5 Canadians are expected to develop cancer during their lifetime, and an estimated 1 out of every 4 Canadians is expected to die from cancer.
Alberta is no exception to these statistics: an estimated 16,100 Albertans were diagnosed with cancer in 2012 and current projections show that by 2030, this number will increase by 60% to 24,130 diagnoses per year. Albertans will face an overwhelming tide of cancer – unless we intervene with effective action, starting today.
Changing Our Future: Alberta’s Cancer Plan to 2030 was created to help change our future to one where in 2030, Alberta will be a place where most cancers are prevented, more cases of cancer are cured and the suffering of people affected by cancer is dramatically reduced. The Plan will bring together and advance the initiatives, resources and transformations necessary to realize this vision by:
- Making Alberta a leading international destination for cancer researchers and cancer care providers;
- Improving prevention strategies, screening, diagnosis, treatment and care;
- Supporting Albertans in becoming active participants in their own well-being; and
- Further reducing the use of and exposure to tobacco and tobacco smoke, which accounts for one-third of all cancer cases.
Implementation of Alberta’s Cancer Plan will be the responsibility of all partners: government, health care institutions and providers, community-based organizations, schools, universities, businesses, and Albertans.
Together we will address the gaps in the system. Together we will ensure evidence drives our decisions. Coordinated action at every level – individually, organizationally, clinically, and within the community and government – will ensure we change our future and make Alberta a world leader in the fight against cancer.
Read the plan and companion document
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