It is estimated that in 2013:
- 96,200 Canadian men will be diagnosed with cancer and 39,400 men will die from cancer.
- 91,400 Canadian women will be diagnosed with cancer and 36,100 women will die from cancer.
- On average, over 500 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer every day.
- On average, over 200 Canadians will die from cancer every day.
Lung, breast, colorectal and prostate cancer are the most common types of cancer in Canada (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Based on 2013 estimates:
- These cancers account for over half (52%) of all new cancer cases.
- Prostate cancer accounts for about one-quarter (26%) of all new cancer cases in men.
- Lung cancer accounts for 14% of all new cases of cancer.
- Breast cancer accounts for about one-quarter (26%) of all new cancer cases in women.
- Colorectal cancer accounts for 13% of all new cancer cases.
Trends in cancer rates
Cancer is a disease that mostly affects Canadians aged 50 and older, but it can occur at any age.
Across Canada, cancer incidence rates vary because of differences in the type of population, risk factors (including risk behaviours) and early detection practices. Similarly, rates of cancer death vary because cancer screening rates and the availability and use of treatment vary across the country.