There are many other detailed stats in the publication, but these are the ones that can make your heart sink:
- 2 in 5 Canadians will get Cancer in their lifetime
- 25% of all Canadians will die of Cancer
I sat by my mom's side as she passed away from cancer just one year ago. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Even then, we both shared hope that there were breakthroughs just around the corner. With all of the walks, runs, charity balls, donations, research labs, governement orgs, big pharma, universities and TedTalks on medical breakthroughs, it seems unreal that the stats are still so frightening.
In fact, I emailed the CCS to confirm that I was reading the stats correctly. The reply was: "I spoke to our Cancer Control Policy department and they confirmed that the correct answer is, 25% of the Canadian population will die of cancer."
- An estimated 191,300 new cases of cancer (excluding about 76,100 non-melanoma skin cancers) and 76,600 deaths will occur in Canada in 2014.
- More than half (about 52%) of all new cases will be prostate, breast, lung and colorectal cancers.
- 63% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis.
- At the beginning of 2009, there were about 810,045 Canadians living with a cancer that had been diagnosed in the previous 10 years.
Read more: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-101/canadian-cancer-statistics-publication/?region=on#ixzz34HLtagv5