Technology & Science

Cancer death rate higher in Canada than U.S.

Canadians are more likely than Americans to die of cancer, according to a report by a coalition of cancer specialists.

The first annual report card of the Canadian Advocacy Coalition shows that people in Nova Scotia and Quebec have the highest mortality rates in the country.

The standings ranked from worst to best are: New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

People in Utah had the lowest cancer mortality rate in North America.

Cancer advocacy official Pat Kelly says Canada is on the brink of disaster when it comes to cancer care.

"People are dying needlessly because the medical system is starved of funds," she said.