More than 1.5 million people in Canada lived at least 5 years after cancer diagnosed, society says – CBC

Cancer prevalence improved over a decade, Canadian Cancer Society says in new report

Nov 08, 2022

Cancer researchers say patients are living longer thanks to better detection and treatments, but they fear rising case numbers and gaps in data could undermine gains.

They’re calling for more investment in health-care and disease management as they predict an aging, sicker population will further strain an already stretched system while at-risk groups fall further behind.

The Canadian Cancer Society released a report on Tuesday that found that as of Jan. 1, 2018, more than 1.5 million people in Canada had received a cancer diagnosis in the previous 25 years and were still alive on that date. That is up from the previous estimate of one million people a decade ago.

Cancer surgeon and researcher Dr. Christian Finley says more than half of this group lived with or beyond cancer for at least five years, illustrating better survival rates but also a broader societal toll as the impact of each case ripples through families and communities.

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