Jun 20, 2017

By Jane Brown

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Startling new cancer statistics forecast that almost one in every two Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with a form of the disease in their lifetime, and one in four Canadians will die from cancer.

A new report by the Canadian Cancer Society predicts that this year, an estimated 206,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer and nearly 81,000 Canadians will die with cancer.

“Every year we’re seeing an increase in the number of cancer cases in Canada and that’s largely because of the growing and aging population, so between now and 2030 for example, we expect to continue to see a dramatic increase in the number of cancer cases diagnosed in Canada,” Canadian Cancer Society epidemiologist Leah Smith explained.

Smith says about 90 per cent of all the cancers expected to be diagnosed in 2017 will be among those aged 50 and older.

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 this year.

Lung cancer — predicted to hit more than 21,000 this year — continues to be responsible for the most cancer deaths, exceeding the just over 19,000 deaths expected from all three of the other cancers combined.

The Cancer Society has put a special emphasis in its report on pancreatic cancer, which at eight per cent has the lowest five-year survival of the 23 cancers it reports on.

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