40 per cent of Canadian women and 45 per cent of men will develop cancer during their lifetimes
Recent survey by the Canadian Cancer Society revealed that number of cancer cases diagnosed is increasing however the survival rates are also climbing.
Data revealed that nearly 900 Prince Edward Islanders will be diagnosed with cancer this year, and 360 will die from cancer. Statistics reveal that 40 per cent of Canadian women and 45 per cent of men will develop cancer during their lifetimes. Researchers said that better screening and better drug are resulting in increasing survival rates of cancer.
Dawn Binns, executive director of the P. E. I. division of the cancer society said: "So what we're seeing is the actual number of cases is increasing, but our population is aging and it's growing. So that's a big factor in that."
"When we look at incidence rates, those are either stable or declining, depending on the type of cancer. So there is a good news story. We're not, as individuals, developing more cancer, we just have more cases of it."