Cancer on the decline

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 18th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Cancer is on the decline in Canada, but certain types of cancer such as lung cancer, thyroid cancer and kidney cancer is on the rise.

Cancer on the decline

There is great news for Montrealers and other Canadians who are battling with cancer or have family members who may be at risk for cancer. A new report launched by the Canadian Cancer Society indicates the rates for cancer is declining in Canada and 100,000 thousands deaths have been prevented.

I can attest to that because my sister, here in Montreal, had precancerous cells in her breast, which were removed by radiation treatment. Montrealers can be assured that prevention methods are better than they have ever been in Montreal and the rest of Canada.

Decline in smoking

Gillian Bromfield, the director of Cancer Control Policy at the Canadian Cancer Society stipulates:

"One of the biggest reasons we're seeing the decrease in the death rate over the last couple of decades is largely due to the decline in smoking rates in men, which started in the 1960s," Bromfield told CTV's Canada AM."

Between 1988 and 2007, overall cancer death rates dropped by 21 per cent in men and nine per cent in women. Declines were seen in all the four major cancers that make up more than half of the new cancer cases diagnosed every year in Canada:

  • lung
  • colorectal
  • breast
  • prostate

Breast cancer is at its lowest ever in Canada today. Unfortunately, obesity is on the rise in Canada which may lead to certain cancers.

"We've seen increases in the incidence of thyroid, liver and kidney cancer, and we're not necessarily sure of all the reasons behind those increases," Bromfield said.

"We think increasing obesity rates may be contributing to kidney cancer, and alcohol use may be driving some of the increase in liver cancer incidence."

Quebec has the most cancer cases in Canada

According to previous studies half of the cancers today can be eliminated through healthy lifestyle changes.

However, it is to be noted that Quebec's largest city has a higher cancer rate than the rest of Canada.

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar brendamarie
19th Nov 2015 (#)

Great article Carol, my mother died from breast cancer.

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author avatar Carol Roach
19th Nov 2015 (#)

my sister died of bone cancer,

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author avatar Shamarie
20th Nov 2015 (#)

I hope cancer continues to decline in Canada! This is a good article, Carol! Thanks!!!

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