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Because Everyone Dies of Something


 

Today’s Daily from Statcan contained this gem, under new releases:

Study: Cancer prevalence in the Canadian population, as of January 1, 2005
Because of increases in the detection of cancer and improving survival, the number of Canadians living with cancer is rising.

In short: Cancer rates are rising because things are getting better.


 
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Because Everyone Dies of Something

  1. I’ve heard about these sorts of numbers before. In the case of breast cancer, for example, more regular screening has produced a lot of trivial, benign lumps being found, leading to rising-cancer-rate stories sometimes used to scare the bejabbers out of women, even though the extra cancers found never would have killed these women and they might have gone their whole lives without even knowing about them otherwise.
    It’s useful in the case of very old victims to think of cancer as a metaphor for death itself: if you take care of yourself, exercise, mostly avoid vices and don’t get hit by a bus, what will get you? Very possibly the big C.

    • Boredom.

      • Sorry. I meant to say, Stephen Harper is the Antichrist.

        • No, I meant “boredom” as an answer to your question:

          . . .if you take care of yourself, exercise, mostly avoid vices and don’t get hit by a bus, what will get you?

          Your post was far from boring, Gary.

  2. I would question whether the rate of cancer is the equivalent of the rate of cancer detection or the rate of cancer survival.

  3. …so are you making fun of this conclusion? Because I’d think that this is a good thing…obviously, cancer is a horrible disease, and it’s something that affects pretty much everyone in some way, but I think that detecting cancer is preferable to, you know, not detecting it, no?

  4. This trend has been established for at least 20 years and there is nothing new about this conclusion.

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