Friday, April 13, 2007

NL Residents Advised to Get More Cancer Screening

This news item is worth repeating anywhere anytime. People in Newfoundland and Labrador have a higher incidence of deaths due to cancer than the average Canadian.

Across Canada, an estimated 360 cancer-related deaths are projected for this year for every 100,000 people. In Newfoundland and Labrador, however, that number is 414. (CBC - Apr. 12)

While we have a lower risk of developing cancer, the higher mortality suggests that by the time it is diagnosed, it is advanced enough to make the chances of surviving, much smaller here, than in the rest of Canada. Cancer support advocates in the province strongly advise to get tested early - the sooner you get screened, the better chance of survival.

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