Cancer society launches campaign

The My One Thing initiative is based on the knowledge that about half of all cancers can be prevented through healthy living

British Columbians are being urged to make one simple lifestyle change to reduce the risk of cancer.

The My One Thing initiative is based on the knowledge that about half of all cancers can be prevented through healthy living and policies that protect the public.

“Imagine if half of the people who are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, didn’t receive that diagnosis,” said Barbara Kaminsky, B.C. Canadian Cancer Society CEO.

“That’s almost 12,000 people who wouldn’t have to face the realities of battling cancer and countless families and friends would be saved from hearing the life-altering news that a loved one is facing a cancer diagnosis. Isn’t that worth making one change?”

About 23,800 new cancer cases are diagnosed every year in B.C. and there could be a 70 per cent increase in cancer in the next 20 years.

The premise of the initiative is to encourage British Columbians to commit to making one change to reduce their cancer risk – from taking the stairs at work to eating more vegetables.

People can write down their one thing and share it through myonething.ca.