No challenge in medical research is more daunting than cancer. Despite remarkable progress in treating and curing some forms of cancer, cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada. This situation drives cancer researchers internationally to understand why and how cancers form and spread, in their effort to work towards a cure.
Since the early 1990’s, cancer researchers have turned their attention to tackling cancer at its source, the genome. Scientists are learning experimentally how to "turn off" the genes that drive cancer growth, and "turn on" our body's best defenses against cancer. This is the goal of cancer researchers in gene science: a world safe from the fear of cancer.