8 year statistics predict more than 20 percent increase
TORONTO, June 21, 2017 /CNW/ - More than 6,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with kidney cancer this year. Experts predict from 2012 to 2020, kidney cancer will increase globally by a shocking 22 percent.
"Populations are aging, known risk factors like obesity and high blood pressure are increasing, and smoking continues to be prevalent in many parts of the world," says Dr. Michael Jewett, one of authors of "The global burden of kidney cancer: a call to action".
"When caught early, kidney cancer can be treated," explains Jewett "But in advanced stages, it's lethal."
Stephen Andrew, Kidney Cancer Canada's Interim Executive Director, calls the increase in kidney cancer rates unacceptable, "The numbers are proof that more needs to be done to prevent and fight the disease."
Kidney Cancer Canada is joining forces with patients, caregivers, health care professionals and numerous international kidney cancer organizations to mark Thursday June 22 as the inaugural World Kidney Cancer Day.
"We hope to make a significant difference in the lives of patients by raising awareness – knowing the symptoms, knowing treatment options and knowing where to find support," says Andrew, who is also a patient. "Medical experts agree there is an opportunity for global collaboration to raise awareness about kidney cancer and ultimately save lives."
Dr. Jewett and Stephen Andrew are available for interviews.
About Kidney Cancer Canada:
Kidney Cancer Canada is a national charitable organization made up of kidney cancer patients caregivers and health professionals who provide Canadians touched by kidney cancer, support, information and education.
SOURCE Kidney Cancer Canada
For further information: Mona Awad, Communications, Kidney Cancer Canada, [email protected], 1-866-598-7166, www.KidneyCancerCanada.ca