The cancer incidence rate in this province is 531.2 cases per 100,000 people. By comparison, it is 472.3 cases per 100,000 people in British Columbia, the province with the lowest cancer incidence rates in the country.
These data are taken from the Canadian Cancer Registry (CCR), but do not include data from Quebec and Nova Scotia since these two provinces did not report their data to the CCR.
Note that the data collected is for 2019 and predates the COVID-19 pandemic, which could have had an impact on cancer screening and diagnosis in the country.
More cancers in the east of the country
In general, the incidence rates have nevertheless slightly decreased in the country, an encouraging figure for the researcher at the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute and associate professor at the Université de Moncton Sandra Turcotte.
We don’t have anything very different or alarming from what we saw before. The numbers are still down a bit in some provinces, so that’s encouragingunderlines Ms. Turcotte.
According to Statistics Canada, the incidence of cancer is higher in the Atlantic provinces for all types of cancer, after taking into account variations in the age structure of the provinces and territories.
Cancer incidence is influenced by factors such as screening policies, data collection, access to health care and lifestyle differences, which vary significantly from region to region.explains Statistics Canada in a press release.
Controlling for gender, cancer incidence rates are highest in Prince Edward Island for men (608 cases per 100,000 population) and Newfoundland and Labrador for women (508 cases per 100,000 people).
According to Sandra Turcotte, several factors can explain the incidence of cancer in the Atlantic provinces.
Some cancers have made progress, others less, and that’s why research is extremely important. All the implementation of new technologies, sequencing allows us to do a little more customization and to try to improve our approacheswishes Ms. Turcotte.
According to projections from research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, there are an estimated 233,900 new cases of cancer and 85,100 deaths from cancer in 2022.
With information by Pascal Raiche-Nogue