understanding how cancer affects canadians is an important part of understanding how precision medicine will affect canadains. here, we pulled some data from the canadian medical association journal on projected estimates of cancer in canada in 2020.
cancer continues to have a significant impact on canadians and our healthcare system, surpassing cardiovascular disease to become the number one cause of death for canadians. while mortality rates are decreasing due to prevention programs, screening protocols and advances in treatment, incidence continues to increase as the population grows and ages. as the burden of cancer continues to increase in canada, it is paramount that canada advances research, screening, prevention and treatment, including the growing importance of molecular information at every stage.