Nearly eight million people around the globe will die of cancer this year and is expected to increase to 13.2 million people per year by 2030. In B.C., close to 30,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 10,000 will die because of it in 2018.
Thanks to early detection and advances in treatment and care – some spearheaded by BC Cancer – we are moving the dial on survival rates and mortality for cancer patients in the province.
Since 1994, British Columbia’s five-year relative survival rate for all cancers has increased by nearly seven per cent and certain cancers — including leukemia, sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma — have seen between 16 and 19 per cent increases in five-year relative survival rates.
Our infographic below highlights how BC Cancer is making an impact and changing the outcome for patients in our province.