Survival Rate for Cancer Increases in Canada


Statistics show that Canadians are living longer after cancer:

"Canadians diagnosed with cancer are living longer and the survival rate for sufferers of a number of cancers, including leukemia, has increased dramatically, a Statistics Canada report released Wednesday showed.

After looking at the five-year relative survival ratio for patients, the federal agency reported the survival rate for Canadians diagnosed with any type of cancer between 2004 and 2006 was 62 per cent, a six per cent increase from data from 1992 to 1994.

“It’s particularly encouraging to see that there’s been an increase in survival for several types of cancer like leukemia, thyroid, liver and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Those types of cancers have low survival rates traditionally,” said Prithwish De, an epidemiologist with the Canadian Cancer Society."

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