Manitoba Leads in Lung Cancer Survival Rates

By Sarah Klein

An international study has found the treatment and care provided to cancer patients living in Manitoba contributes to some of the best survival rates in the world.

The International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership (ICBP) compared cancer survival rates in six countries using Canadian data provided by Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. Manitoba placed within Canadian averages, and led in lung cancer survival rates.

“We will now further explore why we performed so well, and share that with our partners,” said Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal, President and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba.

The study compared survival rates of breast, colorectal, lung and ovarian cancer from 1995 to 2007. Researchers found that survival improved for all four cancers in the participant countries over that time period, with Canada, Australia and Sweden having the highest survival rates.

— With files from CancerCare Manitoba