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Cancer is a group of more than 200 different diseases that are characterized by abnormal cells in the body that divide and spread without control. Every year, an estimated 16,000 Albertans are diagnosed with cancer. Survival after diagnosis has improved over time resulting in more Albertans living with and after cancer.

As part of Alberta’s Cancer Plan, there is a movement to create a comprehensive and coordinated system of prevention, screening, care and research. This includes supporting, engaging and integrating primary health care providers in the delivery of services to provide cancer patients, survivors, their families and caregivers with the best possible psychosocial, physical and supportive care throughout their cancer journeys.