Cancer care must be made a priority during the 2022 Quebec provincial general election
On October 3, 2022, Quebecers will go to the polls to elect their next government. Given that the COVID-19 pandemic has been raging for more than two years, it has never been more important to prioritize the needs of people with cancer and their loved ones.
Cancer remains the leading cause of death in the country and an estimated two in five Quebecers will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Cancer hasn’t taken a break during the pandemic, and oncology care and services have suffered the consequences.
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CCS estimates indicate that in 2021, 6,400 Quebecers were diagnosed with this type of cancer and 2,600 died from it.
Screening for early detection of this type of cancer is the key to increasing the survival rate of those affected. Indeed, the five-year survival rate is 90% when the disease is detected at an early stage, compared to only 13% when it is detected at an advanced stage.