It’s expected that about 18,400 people in Alberta will be diagnosed with cancer this year.
That’s the latest number from the Canadian Cancer Society. It’s up by about a thousand from last year’s report.
The Canadian Cancer Society’s Health Promotion Coordinator Kristyn Berry tells 630 CHED there’s lots we can do to bring these numbers down.
“It’s estimated that about 50% of all cancers can be prevented through healthy living, so most people don’t realize how important it is to just have a healthy lifestyle.”
One big concern coming from the stats is the rise of HPV among men. It’s up by 56%. When it comes to HPV, Berry says there is a vaccine for that.
“Quite simply, the more boys and girls that get vaccinated, the less cancer there is.”
In the province there were 493 cases of cancer per 100,000 people, the second lowest rate among the provinces next to BC.
Across the country about 202,000 new diagnoses are expected in 2016, with nearly 79,000 people expected to die. Berry says, though, survival rates are on their way up.
“It’s at 60% now, when back in the 1940’s it was only at about 25%, so we are seeing significant increases in survival rates.”
Lung cancer remains the deadliest form of the disease. (kdr)