Liver cancer rates still on the rise in Canada (and everywhere else…)
Liver cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer death worldwide even though most cases are preventable and caused by diet and lifestyle choices.
“The number of liver cancer patients has tripled in Canadian men and doubled in women since 1970. The number of men being diagnosed with liver cancer rises every year by 3.6% and 1.7% in women”
Canadian Cancer Statistics Report 2013.
“Many cases are preventable because a lot of the risk factors for liver cancer are preventable”
Gillian Bromfield, the head of cancer control policy at the Canadian Cancer Society.
The Canadian Cancer Society released the Canadian Cancer Statistics Report 2013 on Wednesday May 15, 2013:
- About 50% of liver cancer cases in Canada are probably preventable
- Since 1970, the incidence of liver cancer has tripled in Canadian men and doubled in women
- In 2013; 2,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with liver cancer
- Excess alcohol consumption, obesity and diabetes are known risk factors for developing liver cancer
As reported by The Canadian Press, CTV News and The National Post on May 29, 2013.