Cancer Prevention Month

Cancer is a major public health challenge and a leading cause of death worldwide. In 2018, about 1 in 6 deaths was due to cancer. On 4 February we celebrate World Cancer Day 2020, a global initiative to raise awareness and to encourage cancer prevention, detection, and treatment.

In the US, February is also National Cancer Prevention Month. Over the last few years, research has demonstrated that some cancers can be prevented by reducing exposure to cancer risk factors and implementing prevention strategies. Simple steps, including healthy lifestyle changes (cessation of smoking, regular exercise, body weight controlling and reduced sun exposure) and vaccinations against viruses that cause certain cancers can indeed reduce risk. Cancer burden can also be reduced through early detection and management of patients who develop cancer, as it has been demonstrated that many cancers have a better chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated adequately.

It is therefore imperative to increase dissemination of our current knowledge of cancer causes, treatment and prevention. With this aim, this month we would like to highlight the latest research articles published in Nature Communications covering all aspects from ‘omics studies and disease mechanisms to diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.

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