More cancer cases in Canada projected as aging population grows, with lung cancer still deadliest form: study

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, breast cancer is expected to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women this year, accounting for about one in four new cases. (Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters)

(Camille Bains/ Canadian Press) — A technician holds a mesh bag full of marbles meant to represent breast tissue, pointing out a single black marble among the clear ones. The goal is to explain why a woman’s breasts are compressed during a mammogram.

“The black marble represents a cancer tissue,” she says in Punjabi. “When I put the breast on the machine and compress it with the compression paddle, the cancer becomes much easier to spot.”

The B.C. Cancer video posted on YouTube is one of several in languages that include Cantonese, Mandarin and English, and were created to inform women about the sometimes uncomfortable procedure so they return for follow-up mammograms as needed.

Dr. Leah Smith, senior manager of surveillance at the Canadian Cancer Society, said early detection is vital when it comes to cancer, adding that breast cancer is expected to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women this year, accounting for about one in four new cases. (…)

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