Cancer Rate Declines Again After Age 50

The number of people diagnosed with cancer in Canada has dropped below 50 per cent for the first time since the data began being collected in 1996, the Canadian Cancer Society reported Thursday.

Depending on statistical models used, cancer death rates have been dipping below 5 per cent for years.

Nationally, the number of people diagnosed with cancer in the past year fell from 3, 075 at the end of 2004 to 2, 706 in 2015, the Canadian Cancer Society said in a statement on its website.

The number of new cases fell in 2017 by 1, 024 to 599, the report found.

The number of bedside doctors and family physicians who have seen someone with cancer at CIUSC Health in Lacombe, Quebec, fell to 38 from 50 surgery specialists.

Open-office theatre rooms for people with lung cancer fell from 9, 708 in 2004 to 8, 032 in 2015.

A study by the University Health Network found a 19 per cent reduction in the number of people who underwent a blood test to look for cancer stem cells in the same bedsides of 3, 696 older patients who died of cancer between 2004 and 2017.

The Canadian Heart Association last week said the number of Canadians given an urgent cardiovascular warning card and black box by a cardiologist fell to 124 from 160.

There were 7, 070 sexual abuse complaints last year, down from 8, 245 in 2004 and 7, 240 in 2015.

The Blue Cancer Foundation reported a sharp drop from 2017 to 1, 028 cases of cervical cancer and 912 of oropharyngeal cancer.