The number of cancer cases in Manitoba over the next 20 years is expected to soar far above the national average, says a new report released on Tuesday.
What’s more, 6,700 Manitobans this year will face a cancer diagnosis — 3,300 men and 3,400 women — which is 800 more than five years ago.
Cancer will also take the lives of 2,900 Manitobans this year. That’s an average of eight people every day.
The numbers were released Tuesday as part of the annual snapshot of cancer in Canada, released by the Canadian Cancer Society in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada.
The report suggests that over the next 20 years, the number of cancer cases in Canada will increase 35 per cent as the population grows and ages. In Manitoba, however, the increase is expected to be between 50 per cent and 60 per cent.
“This is a sobering report that demonstrates how cancer touches every family in Canada and Manitoba,” said Erin Crawford, senior director for the cancer society.
“Almost half of us will be diagnosed with at least one form of cancer in our lifetime and sadly, one in four will die from cancer.”
‘This is a sobering report that demonstrates how cancer touches every family in Canada and Manitoba’
– Erin Crawford, Canadian Cancer Society
The report serves as a warning because cancer puts a significant impact on individuals, their families, the health-care system and organizations that provide services to cancer patients, Crawford said.
“This report clearly demonstrates the need to get ready now for this steady increase in cancer cases,” she said.
“We need to recognize the challenges that this will impose on Manitoba’s health-care system as the demand grows for diagnostics, treatment, palliative care and support services.”
It also highlights the need for continued strengthening of cancer prevention efforts and early detection, Crawford said.
“We know that about half of all cancer cases can be…