NEW CANCER CASES TO TOP 225,000 IN 2020 DUE TO AGING POPULATION: CMAJ STUDY

Mar 02, 2020

By Jane Brown

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More Canadians are projected to be diagnosed with cancer this year as the aging population grows.

A new study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says lung, breast, colon and prostate cancers are expected to account for nearly half of the more than 225,000 new cases detected in 2020, with lung cancer still the leading cause of death.

More than 83,000 people in Canada are projected to die of cancer this year.

Research co-author Doctor Leah Smith says breast cancer is expected to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women this year, accounting for about one in four new cases.

In men, prostate cancer is expected to be most common, accounting for about one in every five diagnoses.

There is good news. The researchers say death rates for the top four cancers have declined.

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

Experts say early detection is vital when it comes to fighting it.

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