TORONTO – Manitoba fares better than most in a new cancer report.
We are near the top in the diagnosis and treatment of most cancers and in screening. We also have the second-fewest smokers in Canada.
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Rami Rahal tells Winnipeg’s Morning News that overall, things have been getting better.
“We’ve shown a lot of progress and improvement in the delivery of evidence-based treatment across the country, including in Manitoba.”
It’s not all good news, though. We’re at the bottom of the list in prevention when it comes to immunizing girls against HPV, and there’s also concern about the rate of women being screened for breast and cervical cancers.
“Women living in lower-income communities are having a much lower access to screen, significant numbers lower than their higher-income counterparts.”
The report also shows that not enough Canadians are stepping up to be screened for colorectal cancer, and the ones who are, are facing high wait times for their results.