ABOUT US2019-09-30T17:38:02-04:00

According to the latest Canadian data, 1 IN 2 PEOPLE will develop cancer in their lifetime. 

It’s the number one cause of death in the majority of industrialized countries. In addition to the human tragedy associated with cancer, the economic impact in Canada is $4.4 billion per year.

According to the World Cancer Research Fund, there is strong evidence that being physically active, adopting healthy eating and drinking habits, not smoking and maintaining a healthy body weight can reduce the risk of developing cancer. In fact, it is estimated that about 50% of cancers are preventable.

Greater awareness about the link between smoking and lung cancer led to concrete changes to help people quit. We believe it is essential that the public become aware that the long-term effects of poor eating and drinking habits may be as devastating as smoking.

Our Vision

Inspiration for the Foods that Fight Cancer Program comes from a partnership between Colorectal Cancer Canada and renowned biochemist and researcher, Dr. Richard Béliveau. His expertise and passion for cancer prevention form the foundation of this ambitious project: to empower people to adopt healthy eating habits today in order to reduce the incidence of cancer in the future.

Nourish your body wisely. Help prevent cancer.

Our Philosophy

• Effectively communicate recommendations based on rigorous scientific data

• Provide necessary tools to motivate and help people change their eating habits, in particular to cook with more plant-based foods

• Model a positive approach that emphasizes flavour and enjoyment

• Support a collaborative movement among individuals, organizations, companies and governments so that we can join forces and move towards a society with less cancer

Our Actions

Nutrition workshops – Conferences in the workplace – Information booths

Don’t hesitate to contact us to organize an activity in your workplace or during one of your events. Together we can spread the word about healthy eating that helps prevent cancer.

Contact us: foodsthatfightcancer@colorectalcancercanada.com

Colorectal Cancer Canada (“CCC”) is the country’s leading colorectal cancer not-for-profit patient organization, dedicated to colorectal cancer awareness and education, supporting patients and their families and advocating on their behalf.

In 2017 Colorectal Cancer Canada decided to advance its colorectal cancer prevention program by promoting and developing initiatives that would help educate individuals about the benefits of a healthy lifestyles to reduce their risk of getting cancer.

CCC decided to expand its work and power an entirely new and novel program aimed at the general population and demonstrate that we could eat healthy, delicious and flavourful food while reducing our risk of cancer and other diseases.




“Cancer mortality can be significantly reduced in the next few decades if we choose to focus our efforts on the prevention and early detection of the disease.”
Richard Béliveau
Ph.D. Scientific Director, Chair in Cancer Prevention and Treatment, UQAM

Our Collaborators

Richard Béliveau, Ph.D. (Biochemistry)

Scientific Director, Chair in Cancer Prevention and Treatment, UQÀM
Professor of Biochemistry, UQÀM
Founder, Angiochem and Katana Biopharma

Richard Béliveau has published more than 250 articles in world-class scientific and medical journals, and he is the author of 6 best-selling books that have been translated into 28 languages across 37 countries, including Foods that Fight Cancer, Cooking with Foods that Fight Cancer and Eating Well, Living Well. He has also written more than 550 research columns for the Journal de Montréal.

He is the scientific director of the Chair in Cancer Prevention and Treatment which develops new prevention approaches and advocates for ways to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Upon identifying compounds in foods that exhibit therapeutic effects, it puts forward means to reduce the impact and development of cancer among the population.

For more information about his work, please visit www.richardbeliveau.org

Stroll Family Cancer Prevention Centre,  Jewish General Hospital, Montréal, QC

Michael Pollak, MD

Director, Division of Cancer Prevention, Department of Oncology, McGill University
Alexander-Goldfarb Research Chair in Medical Oncology, McGill University
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Oncology, McGill University
Director, Cancer Prevention Centre, Segal Cancer Centre

Dr. Michael Pollak’s lab has several ongoing projects to develop novel cancer therapies and cancer prevention strategies. His research program includes basic work in cellular molecular biology, translational research, and clinical studies. 

Inaugurated in October 2002 and located at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, the Stroll Family Cancer Prevention Centre is dedicated to providing specialized information and resources to the public while advancing clinical efforts in the field of cancer prevention. With affiliated experts in major medical and surgical disciplines, the Centre offers the public practical medical, lifestyle, dietary and screening advice in the form of small-group sessions, public lectures, private consultations and one-on-one genetic counselling and risk-assessment services. The Centre serves as an ideal setting to bridge the clinical and laboratory work carried out by the McGill programs in Cancer Genetics and Cancer Prevention.

Odette Cancer Centre – Colorectal Cancer Care, Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, ON

Shady Ashamalla, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Surgical Oncologist

Dr. Shady Ashamalla is a surgical oncologist at Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre with special expertise in minimally invasive surgery for cancers of the lower gastrointestinal tract. He also has extensive academic experience in surgical education and surgical simulation. Dr. Ashamalla’s practice is completely devoted to lower gastrointestinal cancer surgery, and he strives to advance minimally invasive approaches in cancer surgery. He has been appointed to the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor and surgeon educator, with academic interests in surgical simulation and knowledge translation.

Colorectal Cancer Care is a highly specialized comprehensive cancer program, committed to optimal, evidenced-based and tailored treatment plans. The Centre is advancing innovative treatments and approaches that are less invasive than conventional procedures. Its team includes surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, gastrointestinal specialized oncology nurses, ostomy nurses, geneticists and gastrointestinal-dedicated pathologists and interventional radiologists.

During Summer 2018, we received a grant from the Helderleigh Nutrition Application Fund (HNAF), an initiative of the Helderleigh Foundation in partnership with George Brown College.  This grant will fund the development of amazing recipes packed with key ingredients that help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. Their generous contribution will also allow us to develop educational material to empower Canadians to cook healthier foods to help prevent cancer.

The Helderleigh Foundation has the clear vision of a society of healthier children and families, through enhanced food literacy and sustainable eating practices. Their mission is to be the champion, connector and supporter of food literacy knowledge, policy advancements and practice for collective impact.

FIRSt is a George Brown College research facility that offers industry access to technical resources, state of the art facilities and networking opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses within the GTA food and beverage industry, enabling these companies to grow and reach more customers. It is the marriage of culinary arts and food science.