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Learn About Cancer

Cancer Statistics Canada 

Cancer is a leading health concern among Canadians. The following statistics are said to be true according to the Canadian Cancer Society.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of premature death in Canada.
  • On average 2,944 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer every week.
  • Based on current incidence rates, 38% of Canadian women and 44% of men will develop Cancer during their lifetimes.
  • 1 in 4 Canadians will die of cancer during their lifetime, the risk being slightly greater for men than women.
  • An estimated 153,100 new cases of cancer and 70,400 deaths will occur in 2006.
  • Cancer incidence and mortality rates are higher in females than males during the reproductive years, but are higher for men at all other stages of life.
  • The most prevalent type of cancer affecting Canadian men is prostate cancer. The second most prevalent is colorectal followed by lung cancer.
  • The most prevalent type of cancer affecting Canadian women is breast cancer. The second most prevalent is colorectal followed by lung cancer.
  • Many of the risk factors for cancer are both common and preventable, including tobacco use, unhealthy eating, excess body weight, physical inactivity and over-exposure to ultraviolet rays form the sun
  • Approximately 50% of cancers that will be diagnosed over the next twenty years can either be prevented or detected early and caught before they become a serious health problem.
  • Tobacco use is the cause of almost 30% of all fatal cancers in Canada and a major cause of lung cancer
  • 30% of cancer deaths in men and almost 25% in women are due to lung cancer alone.
  • Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women.
  • A diet with a high proportion of dietary fat causes about 20% of fatal cancers. Colon and prostate cancers are associated with diets high in fat.
  • 1 in 9 women is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime and 1 in 27 will die of it.
  • In 2006, an estimated 22,300 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 5,300 will die of it
  • Since 1994, death rates from breast cancer have been declining steadily.
  • Leukemia remains the most common of the childhood cancers, accounting for 26% of new cases and 30% of deaths due to cancer in children. Cancers of the brain and spinal cord are the second most common group of childhood cancers totaling approximately 17% of new cases and 25% of deaths, and lymphomas account for 17% of new cases and 8% of deaths.
  • Overall, cancer occurs rarely among Canadian children, and most children who develop cancer will survive their illness. For the period of 1997-2001, the number of cancer deaths in children was less than 1/5 of the number of cases.
  • It is expected that the number of newly diagnosed cancers will grow about 2/3 by 2020 and double by 2028.
  • The increased numbers of new cases of cancer is primarily due to an increasing and aging population
  • Cancer is primarily a disease affecting older Canadians. 44% of new cancer cases and 60% of cancer deaths will occur among those who are at least 70 years old.
  • Mortality rates are declining for males of all ages and for females under the age of 70. Declines are most rapid in children and adolescents (ages 0-19).