Cancer screening

Nearly half of all Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime, according to new numbers from the Canadian Cancer Society.

For men, the lifetime risk of developing cancer is 49 per cent; for women, it’s 45 per cent, according to Canadian Cancer Statistics annual report for 2017.

That’s a big jump from the 2016 report, which found that only two out of five Canadians could be expected to develop cancer in their lifetimes (45 per cent of men and 42 per cent of women).

Of the estimated 206,200 Canadians who will be diagnosed with cancer this year, almost 90 per cent will be older than 50. More specifically, about 45 per cent of all cancers this year will be in people aged 70 and older. So as more Canadians live into old age, the number of cases is bound to continue to rise.


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