May 27, 2015
By Jane Brown
Cancer could be even more pervasive in the coming years, largely because of an aging population.
A report released today by the Canadian Cancer Society says the number of new cancer cases in 2030 will be 40 percent higher than this year’s estimates.
“Canadians are living longer, the population is aging, and overall it’s growing and overall it’s going to add to the sheer volume of cancer cases being diagnosed in Canada. But the overall risk, that proportion of Canadians who are diagnosed isn’t going to change over this period. This is really a reflection of the change in demographics that we expect Canada to see over the next fifteen years,” Cancer Society Assistant Director of Cancer Control Policy Robert Nuttall explains.
Most cancers are diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 79 and the baby boom generation has moved into that demographic.
On the positive side, cancer survival rates have been climbing since 1988. Half of new cancers diagnosed “this year” will be prostate, breast, lung and colorectal cancers.