2010 Canadian cancer statistics released today

Staff ~ The Telegram
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The Canadian Cancer Statistics 2010 were released today and estimate that across Canada there will be 173,800 new cases of cancer in 2010.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, it is estimated there will be 2,700 new cases of cancer diagnosed, with approximately 1,400 deaths from the disease. The statistics indicate that cancer mortality rates (per 100,000) in Newfoundland and Labrador are higher than the national average.
"Screening and early detection for many cancers is key with respect to best possible treatment outcomes," says Scott Antle, acting executive director, Canadian Cancer Society Newfoundland and Labrador Division.
"With our high mortality rates, it is important for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to make cancer screening an important part of our health check ups. Increasing awareness about the importance of screening and early detection along with programs such as the recently announced colorectal cancer screening program will hopefully help reduce future mortality trends."
The report also addressed palliative care in the country.
It noted that caring for a dying cancer patient is part of a palliative approach that is provided when a patient's health-care team determines that a cancer is unlikely to be cured. The goal of this type of palliative care is to improve quality of life.
This includes: managing physical symptoms such as pain, nausea and shortness of breath; meeting emotional needs such as anxiety and depression; addressing spiritual needs; and support for caregivers.
"Newfoundland and Labrador has an aging population," says Antle. "It is important to recognize that supportive palliative care services are offered in Newfoundland and Labrador. Yet as our population ages there will be a continued need for high quality palliative care services, thus it is important to continue working on awareness, education and training to ensure access to palliative care services throughout Newfoundland and Labrador."

Organizations: Canadian Cancer Statistics 2010, Canadian Cancer Society Newfoundland and Labrador Division

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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  • Danny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Where are all the Danny supporters? While NLers are dying he is negotiating at a rate that is less than what doctors get paid in other provinces. Does this not prove we need to pay doctors more than other provinces to get the care the people of NL deserve?

    With oil negotiated at $55/barrel, during the nurses negotiation, but it has been $25 - $30 more since that negotiation there is a lot of money to pay good doctors to come and practice here.

    So Danny be a leader and get the best and the brightest here!

  • gary
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Danny Whyareyoumessin ;
    Holy crap... Take off your Liberal Red shirt and read the story before you post.
    This has nothing about the goverment not providing health care.. It stresses the importance of Newfoundlanders to get tested... It even tells about the recently announced colorectal cancer screening program and how hopefully help reduce future mortality trends.

  • Danny
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    Where are all the Danny supporters? While NLers are dying he is negotiating at a rate that is less than what doctors get paid in other provinces. Does this not prove we need to pay doctors more than other provinces to get the care the people of NL deserve?

    With oil negotiated at $55/barrel, during the nurses negotiation, but it has been $25 - $30 more since that negotiation there is a lot of money to pay good doctors to come and practice here.

    So Danny be a leader and get the best and the brightest here!

  • gary
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Danny Whyareyoumessin ;
    Holy crap... Take off your Liberal Red shirt and read the story before you post.
    This has nothing about the goverment not providing health care.. It stresses the importance of Newfoundlanders to get tested... It even tells about the recently announced colorectal cancer screening program and how hopefully help reduce future mortality trends.