April is Cancer Awareness Month

The daffodil continues to be a symbol of hope strength and courage in the fight against cancer.

  • Apr. 6, 2016 12:00 p.m.
Many Canadians will be wearing daffodils in April

Many Canadians will be wearing daffodils in April

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

The daffodil continues to be a symbol of hope strength and courage in the fight against cancer.

The flowers are available in various locations in Fort St James. People can show their support buy wearing one in support of the many Canadians living with cancer.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, it is estimated that in 2015:

  • 100,500 Canadian men will be diagnosed with cancer and 41,000 men will die from cancer.
  • 96,400 Canadian women will be diagnosed with cancer and 37,000 women will die from cancer.
  • On average, 539 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer every day.
  • On average, 214 Canadians will die from cancer every day.

Lung, breast, colorectal and prostate cancer are the most common types of cancer in Canada (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Based on 2015 estimates:

  • These cancers account for over half (51%) of all new cancer cases.
  • Prostate cancer accounts for about one-quarter (24%) of all new cancer cases in men.
  • Lung cancer accounts for 14% of all new cases of cancer.
  • Breast cancer accounts for about one-quarter (26%) of all new cancer cases in women.
  • Colorectal cancer accounts for 13% of all new cancer cases.

Cancer is a disease that mostly affects Canadians aged 50 and older, but it can occur at any age.

Across Canada, cancer incidence rates vary because of differences in the type of population, risk factors (including risk behaviours) and early detection practices. Similarly, rates of cancer death vary because of differences in incidence, but also potentially differences in access to and outcomes of cancer control activities (for example, screening, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up) across the country.

Sue Amyot continues to provide a support group for those with cancer in Fort St. James. The group meets monthly and has for the last nine years.

“It’s not just talking about cancer. It’s about listening, socializing and caring about those who are and have dealt with cancer,” Amyot said.

The next cancer support group meeting will be held on April 19 at 1 p.m. at Sue’s.

For more information, call Sue at (250)

996-8639.

 

For more information about cancer in Canada, visit: http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-101/cancer-statistics-at-a-glance/?region=bc#ixzz44aMdjygR