Grim outlook for impact of cancer

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)

The Canadian Cancer Society estimates more than 202,000 new cases of cancer will have been diagnosed by the end of this year. And, 79,000 Canadians will die from it this year.

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer for men, breast cancer among women. When both sexes are considered, lung cancer is the most prevalent.

Mouth and throat cancers caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) have risen dramatically among Canadian men, according to a new report from the Canadian Cancer Society. About one-third of HPV cancers in Canada are found in the mouth or throat, according to the report. Between 1992 and 2012, the incidence of HPV-related mouth and throat cancers increased 56 per cent in males and 17 per cent in females. The report released Wednesday indicates that HPV cancers in men may surpass cervical cancer rates in women.

In terms of geography, Alberta continues to have one of the lowest overal cancer incidence rates in the country.

The stats also reflect the grim reality that 70 per cent of all new cancer cases occur in people over the age of 50. Sixty per cent of cancer deaths occur in that age group.

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