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Cancer rates rise between 2000 and 2010: Statistics

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Jul. 10, 2014

There was an 11% increase in cancer cases in Canada between 2000 and 2010, new statistics show. (Fotolia)


There was an 11% increase in cancer cases in Canada between 2000 and 2010, new statistics show.

In 2010, there were about 170,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed in the country, Statistics Canada reported Thursday.

The five most commonly diagnosed cancers were lung, at 13.7% of all new cases, breast (13.5%), prostate (12.9%), colorectal (12.4%) and bladder (4.2%).

Among men, prostate cancer made up 25.3% of new cases, remaining the top diagnosed cancer.

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A breast cancer diagnosis was made in 27.3% of new cases for women in 2010, but the report noted women saw a jump in thyroid cancer, which moved from ninth place in 2000 to fifth place in 2010, making up 4.7% of new cases.

As well, colorectal cancer dropped to the third-most diagnosed, switching places with lung cancer.

Men were more likely than women to be diagnosed with cancer in 2010.

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