Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

NEW Canadian Cancer Society Shares Latest Statistics

NEW Canadian Cancer Society Shares Latest Statistics

New statistics released by the Canadian Cancer Society suggest almost one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with some type of cancer in their lifetime.

"The new numbers are a better reflection of the risk of being diagnosed with cancer at some point in life, whether in the future or in the past", the group said, noting their new methodology is similar to that being used in the United States and United Kingdom.

This year, an estimated 206,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer; nearly 90 per cent will be among those older than 50.

Dr. Leah Smith is an epidemiologist with the Canadian Cancer Society, "This, of course, causes a major impact on health care resources, on physician time, on wait times and there is a major impact on Canadians and their families, as well".

CCS emphasizes that the rise in cancer cases is primarily being driven by an aging and growing population.

"I've lost 3 uncles to lung cancer, my dad to colon cancer and more recently my mom to soft tissue sarcoma", she says.

More than 206,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer this year, 90 per cent of them 50 years or older, the study found.

Since the peak in the cancer death rate in Canada in 1988, it is estimated that over 179,000 deaths have been avoided as a result of cancer prevention and control efforts, the report said.

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Four cancers - prostate, breast, lung and colorectal - continue to top the list of the most common malignancies, which together are expected to account for more than half the cancer diagnoses in 2017.

According to the Canadian Cancer Statistics 2017 report, almost 90 percent of new cancer cases in Canada will be in people over 50-years-old.

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all the major cancers, at only 8 per cent.

Some alarming statistics today from the Canadian Cancer Society.

"This report underscores how important it is to focus on healthy behaviours and healthy public policies to reduce the number of people hearing the words "you have cancer" each year", said Smith.

Fifty fewer cases of colorectal cancer in men are predicted and 50 fewer cases of lung cancer.

"Actions like quitting smoking, eating well, exercising, protecting yourself against the sun... are very important and go a long way to reducing your risk of getting cancer".

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