Provincial cancer report released (10/07/08)

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July 8, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A report entitled Cancer in New Brunswick 2002-2006 - which includes information about cancer incidence, mortality, trends, survival rates and projections - was released today by the New Brunswick Cancer Network (NBCN).

The report provides valuable information to the public, health-care professionals, researchers, administrators and policy makers.

"Cancer surveillance guides our efforts to reduce the burden of cancer in New Brunswick and assists us in making policy decisions, identifying potential cancer research needs, and it provides valuable information used by various stakeholders for cancer prevention and control strategies," said Dr. Eshwar Kumar, co-chief executive officer, NBCN.

"Cancer remains a widespread disease that will likely impact every family in the province over the course of their lifetime," said Dr. Réjean Savoie, co-chief executive officer, NBCN. "The data compiled in this report will assist physicians and policymakers to make informed cancer care decisions with the goal of ultimately reducing the burden of cancer in the province."

The provincial cancer report is the third to be issued in New Brunswick and the first released since the network was established in 2005.

The report states that, between 2002 and 2006, 19,558 people in New Brunswick were diagnosed with some form of invasive cancer. During this same period, 8,833 deaths were attributed to the disease.

The report also notes that progress has been achieved in reducing mortality rates for three of the most common types of cancer: prostate, breast, and colorectal cancers.

Lung cancer was the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in males and females, and it was responsible for more deaths than prostate, breast and colorectal cancers combined.

The report includes a special topic on the effectiveness of the provincial breast cancer screening program, first established in 1995, for women 50 to 69.

The study found that, between 2002 and 2006, female breast cancer tumours were detected two to three times more often by the provincial breast cancer screening program than by other means, and concluded that the provincial screening program is an effective tool in diagnosing breast cancer at an earlier stage.

The NBCN, a division of the Department of Health, is responsible for the development and implementation of an evidence-based provincial strategy for all elements of cancer care, including prevention, screening, treatment, follow-up care, palliative care, education and research.

The data for the report released today was obtained from the New Brunswick Cancer Registry. The New Brunswick Cancer Registry was recently awarded Gold Certification by the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, the only organization that certifies cancer registries in North America. Gold certification is the highest level awarded by the Association and recognizes the high quality and integrity of data.

The full report is online.



MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Phillips, communications, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.