Cancer is already scary enough, but now, according to a report released by the Canadian Cancer Society, things are looking even more dire for the entire country.
In the report, the Society estimates that cancer cases are expected to soar 40 per cent by 2030, which is an astronomical rise. In a culture becoming more obsessed with healthy eating and living, why is this happening?
It turns out it has less to do with lifestyle and more to do with demographics: the Baby Boomers are reaching elderly age, and with that, cancer cases are poised to increase. One statistic is most frightening: in 2015, one in eight Canadians has cancer. In 15 years, that’ll be one in four.
Dr. Rob Nuttall, the assistant director of Cancer Control Policy at the Society, said researchers looked at 25 years of Canadian cancer research and statistics to estimate future projections.
“We’ve [known] that our Canadian population is aging, is growing. Canadians are living longer,” he told CTV’s Canada AM.
“But that’s going to have an impact down the road. So we took our methods and projected forward 15 years to see what those changing demographics look like and what that will mean for cancer in the future.”
(For more details, watch the video, above.)