Cancer Rates on the Increase
According to a new report released this week, nearly 1 in 2 Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The data was released in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society, Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada. For males, the lifetime risk is 49% and for females it is 45%. This puts an enormous burden on individuals, the healthcare system and services and research supported by cancer charities. The Canadian Cancer Society is calling on the public to invest in cancer research and prevention efforts to reduce the impact of cancer on Canadians.
The CCS emphasizes that the rise in cancer cases is primarily being driven by an aging and growing population. According to the report, an estimated 206,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and almost 90% of these cases will be among Canadians 50 years of age and older. As more people live into old age, the number of cancer cases will continue to rise. Actions like quitting smoking, eating well, being physically active and practising sun safety, along with appropriate cancer screening tests, can go a long way to reducing your risk of getting cancer.
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