Jun 08, 2016

By Jane Brown

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It’s a staggering statistic.

Cancer Care Ontario says the number of new cancer cases has nearly tripled over the last three and a half decades. But the good news is that survival rates have increased.

The report is the first comprehensive look at the state of cancer in this province, with a focus on the incidence, mortality, survival and prevalence of the disease.

The increase in new cases can largely be attributed to an aging population and population growth. At the same time, cancer survival for nearly all cancer types is improving, particularly from breast, colorectal and lung cancers.

The five year relative survival for all cancers combined in Ontario is 63 percent, which is a significant increase from 48 percent in the mid-1980s.

Other findings in the report:

Approximately 1 in 2 Ontarians will develop cancer in their lifetime and approximately 1 in 4 Ontarians will die from it.

Some 85,648 new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in Ontario this year, almost triple the number of cases diagnosed in 1981.

2.7 percent of Ontario’s residents are right now living with a diagnoses of cancer.

Listen for more on the report on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer at 12:20 today.

A full copy of the report is available on the Cancer Care Ontario website.

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