(CBC MANITOBA) 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.
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