Health authorities are warning about the increasing number of cases of invasive cancers that are occurring in Ontario, even though doctors and hospitals have long said the disease does not exist.
Health authorities say a number of the cases are cancerous stem cells and some are even tumors.
“These cancers are very difficult to treat, and we’re very worried about them,” said Dr. David Leduc, chief medical officer for Ontario.
“There are still so many cases of cancer that we are still waiting for results.”
Ontario’s Cancer Care Strategy is the only government program that has made it through all of the province’s mandatory testing requirements for cancer patients, and it has led to many of the most aggressive efforts against cancer.
The strategy has also helped many people get their lives back on track and is seen as a major success.
But some experts say the approach has gone too far, and the numbers of invasive cases are rising.
The Ontario government said there are currently more than 1,300 invasive cases, or about two-thirds of the total number of cancer cases.
The government says the numbers are still rising, and has asked for help from cancer experts, including the World Health Organization.
“We’re not doing enough,” said David Ledding, chief executive officer of the Ontario Cancer Care Coalition.
“I think that’s the problem with this approach: they haven’t got enough funding for it, they haven, they are not seeing enough patients.”
Leduc said there is no guarantee that all the cases will be curbed, but there is some hope.
“It is a good way to get our message out to the public,” he said.
“The fact that we’re seeing more of these invasive cases and some of them are really aggressive tumors, that’s good news.”
Cancer is a disease with a number, but Leduc says the number of new cases is increasing as more people are diagnosed.
“As the numbers increase, the number gets more serious,” he told CBC News.
“If we do nothing, we are going to have more and more of them in the province, which means more cases and more expensive treatments.”
In a new study, the government says it has identified a total of 831 cases of aggressive and invasive cancer.
But the government has warned the number could be much higher.
“This is an ongoing trend that we have seen in Ontario and that’s what we’re worried about,” said Leduc.
The Cancer Care Alliance, a group of health care experts, is encouraging people to get tested for invasive cancer, and is calling for more support from the government.
“More money is needed to support all Ontario patients in their journey to recovery, including those who are on the wait list to be cancer-free,” said the group’s president, Michael Jardin.
“Health care systems are taking an increasingly aggressive approach to treating patients and this is unacceptable.”
Leddings research shows a lot of the cancers that cause the most symptoms in people with cancer are invasive.
“What’s happening in Ontario right now is that a lot more cases are coming up with the most advanced cancer,” he says.
“And it is a scary trend.”