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Number of Canadians diagnosed with cancer expected to rise this year: study

Last Updated Mar 2, 2020 at 7:54 am PDT

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Summary

New research suggests more than 226,000 cases will be diagnosed with cancer across the country this year

Death rates for the top four cancers have declined, but cancer remains the leading cause of death overall in Canada

Nearly half of Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — As Canada’s population continues to age, a study finds there will be a jump in the number of Canadians who are diagnosed with cancer this year.

The study — published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal — says that death rates for the top four cancers have declined but cancer remains the leading cause of death overall in Canada and tobacco remains the leading cause of cancer.

Lung, breast, colon, and prostate cancer are expected to account for nearly half of all new cases detected, with lung cancer still being the leading cause of death.

For women, breast cancer is expected to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer, accounting for about one in four new cases. As for men, prostate cancer is expected to be most common, accounting for about one in every five diagnoses.

In total, nearly 226, 000 new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in Canada in 2020 and more than 83,000 people are projected to die of cancer.

Nearly half of Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime.

With files from the Canadian Press