The Canadian Cancer Society revealed today that the blood cancer survival rate is increasing at the moment across Canada. The overall survival rate, according to the latest cancer statistics, boosted to 63 percent, meaning an increase of about eight percent since the early 1990s. The most significant rise was in the blood cancer survival rate.
“Precision medicine as an approach helps take cancer treatment to an entirely new and different level. Certain new drugs that have come on the market have really been game-changers for blood-related cancer,” stated Leah Smith, the spokesperson of the Canadian Cancer Society. According to Smith, 2019 is the first year in many years when the Society updated the cancer survival rate, and it was surprising for the researchers to notice an increase.
“Across the board, we’re seeing improvements in survival with almost all of the cancers that we studied. This is reassuring that we are moving in the right direction,” added Leah Smith.
Cancer Statistics Show That Blood Cancer Survival Rate Is On The Rise
The report compared the cancer survival rate between 1990 and 1994 with the data on that issue collected between 2012 and 2014. Also noteworthy, according to oncologists, about 21,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with blood cancer in 2019. However, the fact that medicine is going on the right track gives hopes for patients with this form of cancer.
Besides, the cancer survival rate also improved in cases of other forms of cancer. Female breast cancer death rate had reduced by 48% since 1986 when it peaked, and that thanks to the improvements in early detection and treatment. Also, pancreatic cancer rate rose from about five percent in the early 1990s to eight percent this year. Other cancer forms death rates, such as colorectal cancer and lung cancer death rates, also decreased.
However, the blood cancer survival rate is the only one that showed a significant increase over the years, giving hopes to patients with this specific cancer type.