The 2014 Canadian cancer statistics are in. The report, which is developed through collaboration with the Canadian Cancer Society, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada, as well as provincial and territorial governments, examines multiple facets of cancer’s impact on Canadians, such as: incidence, type of cancers, survival rates, mortality rates and more. This year, an additional section has been included for skin cancer, the fastest-rising cancer in the country.
At 29.9 per cent, cancer is now the leading cause of death in Canada, occurring at a significantly higher rate than former top killer heart disease (19.7 per cent). Liver, lung, esophageal, stomach and pancreatic cancers remain the deadliest and most difficult to treat cancers, while thyroid, testicular, prostate, melanoma and breast cancers are the most treatable.
The graphic on the left, from the same report, reveals ‘at a glance’ Canadian cancer statistics.
According to the most recent numbers, 2 in 5 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime, while 1 in 4 Canadians will die from cancer. Just like the WHO’s World Cancer Report released earlier this year stated, it’s simply not possible to treat the growing number of cancers.
The time has come to focus on a preventative lifestyle and early detection techniques such as AIM’s Full Body Diffusion MRI.