The executive director of the Canadian Cancer Society in P.E.I. says it’s estimated that pancreatic cancer deaths will outnumber breast cancer deaths in a few years.
Marlene Mulligan highlighted some of the information recently released in the Canadian Cancer Statistics Report 2017.
On P.E.I. right now, the two are neck and neck.
“If you look at the P.E.I. statistics in this report for 2017 it shows that we would estimate that 25 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 25 will die from pancreatic cancer,’’ Mulligan said. “Our deaths related to breast cancer are also 25.’’
She said breast cancer remains a big priority, being the number one cause in cancer in women. It’s now estimated that one in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
“We’re making progress in this area. We’re continuing to see the death rates decline in breast cancer.’’
However, she adds so little is known about pancreatic cancer.
“We don’t know how to catch it easily enough and often the treatments we have in place are ineffective so it’s really a call to action to the world to say we need to be investing more (into research).’’
Mulligan said two of the biggest challenges are in creating awareness and encouraging people to seek help from the cancer society.
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