WINNIPEG – About 6800 Manitobans are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2016, which is slightly higher than last year and an increase of 1000 people from four years ago.
Eight Manitobans die from cancer every day.
The Canadian Cancer Society’s Erin Crawford tells us a lot of headway has been made with some cancers over the years.
“The breast cancer survival rate has increased enourmously. It’s a good news story in terms of where the treatments have really gone and where the research has gone,” says Crawford. “Lung cancer on the other hand is really not doing as well. It has a survival rate of 17 per cent right now compared to breast cancer at 87 per cent.”
Nationally, more than 200,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed his year.
Crawford is also urging parents to get their kids vaccinated for HPV this year.
She says the rate of cancers caused by the sexual transmitted infection are skyrocketing, particularly amongst men.
HPV related mouth and throat cancers jumped 56 per cent in males and 17 per cent in females between 1992 and 2012.
The good news is that HPV can be easily prevented.
“We’re really luck in Canada and Manitoba [because] we have a vaccination for HPV,” says Crawford. “If you get your kids vaccinated while they’re in school, it’s available in Manitoba for both boys and girls.”
Across the country, about 200,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year.