New can­cer cases ex­pected to rise dramatically within 15 years

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The num­ber of new can­cer cases in Canada is ex­pected to rise about 40% in the next 15 years, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port, Canadian Can­cer Statis­tics 2015. While Bri­tish Columbia will con­tinue to see some of the low­est in­ci­dence rates in the coun­try, the av­er­age an­nual num­ber of can­cer cases di­ag­nosed in our prov­ince will in­crease by ap­prox­i­mately 32% dur­ing that time. The re­port was re­leased to­day by the Canadian Can­cer So­ci­ety in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statis­tics Canada. It is the first time the an­nual re­port has pre­sented long-term pre­dic­tions of the fu­ture bur­den of can­cer. The re­port es­ti­mates that 277,000 Cana­di­ans a year will be di­ag­nosed with can­cer by 2030. In BC, an es­ti­mated 33,630 peo­ple will be di­ag­nosed in 2030, an in­crease from 25,400 this year. “For years, Bri­tish Columbia has been a leader in the coun­try in terms of our lower rates of new can­cers and deaths from can­cer. We wish to en­sure our health­care sys­tems are sus­tain­able and ready to pro­vide high qual­ity, timely care for ev­ery­one fac­ing a can­cer di­ag­no­sis in our prov­ince,” says Ann Marie Walsh, Team Lead, Health Pro­mo­tion, Canadian Can­cer So­ci­ety, BC and Yukon. “We also need to con­tinue mak­ing can­cer pre- ven­tion a pri­or­ity in or­der to re­duce fu­ture can­cer in­ci­dence. We know we can stop can­cer be­fore it ever starts.” Tremen­dous progress has al­ready been made in the fight against can­cer, in­clud­ing big gains in sur­vival rates. But Canada’s rapidly aging pop­u­la­tion – 1 in 4 Cana­di­ans will be 65 or older by 2030 – will push the coun­try be­yond its cur­rent ca­pac­ity to pro­vide ad­e­quate care for can­cer pa­tients. In ad­di­tion, the pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing in num­ber. By 2030, there will be about 10 mil­lion more peo­ple living in Canada, an in­crease of nearly 30% from 2005. Plan­ning for the greater num­bers of Bri­tish Columbians with can­cer will re­quire a co­or­di­nated and com­pre­hen­sive plan in­volv­ing health­care sys­tems, health­care providers, care­givers and fam­i­lies. As treat­ment and care con­tinue to im­prove, there will also be a greater need for sup­port for the an­tic­i­pated in­crease in can­cer sur­vivors. “BC’s pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing and get­ting older, and we know that aging is linked with many can­cers. How­ever, it is never too late to make some im­por­tant changes,” says Dr. Carolyn Go­tay, Pro­fes­sor and Cana- dian Can­cer So­ci­ety Chair in Can­cer Pri­mary Pre­ven­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of Bri­tish Columbia. “About half of all can­cers can be pre­vented. No mat­ter one’s age, if peo­ple make healthy life­style choices to­day, they can lower their can­cer risk for the fu­ture.” While the sheer num­ber of cases will rise be­cause of the aging and grow­ing pop­u­la­tion, to­day’s re­port pre­dicts that in­ci­dence rates – a mea­sure of the risk of get­ting can­cer – will re­main steady, with rates dip­ping slightly for men and in­creas­ing slightly for women. Over­all, BC has some of the low­est es­ti­mated can­cer in­ci­dence rates in all of Canada. In BC in 2015, an es­ti­mated 13,400 men and 12,000 women will re­ceive a can­cer di­ag­no­sis. Of th­ese newly di­ag­nosed cases, more than half will be prostate, breast, lung and col­orec­tal can­cers. BC also has the low­est es­ti­mated can­cer death rate in Canada. In 2015 in BC, there will be an es­ti­mated 10,100 deaths from can­cer. Canadian Can­cer Statis­tics 2015 was pre­pared through a part­ner­ship of the Canadian Can­cer So­ci­ety, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statis­tics Canada and pro­vin­cial and ter­ri­to­rial can­cer reg­istries. For more in­for­ma­tion about Canadian Can­cer Statis­tics 2015 visit can­cer.ca/statis­tics. Read more on Asi­naJour­nal.ca

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