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Cancer: Causes and Consequences – Mary McBride, Distinguished Scientist with BC Cancer

  • ArtSpring 100 Jackson Ave. Salt Spring Island V8K 2V8 (map)

One in two Canadians is expected to develop cancer during their lifetime, and one out of four Canadians is expected to die from the disease. In fact, cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada, responsible for 30% of all deaths.

At the same time, survival rates for cancer are increasing. This, combined with a growing and aging population, means that approximately 900,000 Canadians are living up to 10 years beyond their cancer diagnosis; others are living even longer. 

What causes cancer and how can we reduce the risk? What are the differences between types of cancers? What supports are available for those affected by cancer? How can ill-health from cancer be reduced and survival increased?

Mary McBride – an epidemiologist, health services researcher, and Distinguished Scientist in Cancer Control Research at BC Cancer for nearly 40 years – joins us for a wide-ranging discussion about cancer.

McBride is a Clinical Professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health as well as an Associate Member of the Department of Pediatrics, an Affiliate Member of the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, and an Affiliate Member of the Child and Family Research Institute.

McBride is currently Program Leader for a research program involving youth with cancer in BC. She is also Provincial Lead for a multi-province study of the health and health care of breast cancer survivors. She has led or co-led many other studies including on powerlines and childhood leukemia, and cell phones and brain tumours.

Please join us for an important and highly informative conversation with a leading scientist—on a topic that affects us all!

Aletha Humphreys – a former manager and director with BC Cancer who now serves as Executive Director of Salt Spring’s Greenwoods Eldercare Society – will moderate the discussion.

Tickets are currently on sale at ArtSpring – 250-537-2102 and online – and Salt Spring Books. $20 - General; $15 - 2019 Forum Members. Students and low-income residents email

This event is sponsored by Country Grocer

This event is sponsored by Country Grocer