Celebrating over 30 years of Canadian Cancer Statistics

You are here: 

Canadian Cancer Statistics publication

A note about the 2018 edition:

In June, the Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee will be releasing a special report on cancer in Canada by stage at diagnosis. This report will not include 2018 projections of cancer incidence or mortality. The 2019 edition of Canadian Cancer Statistics will include updated estimates of incidence, mortality and survival and will reflect the results of a recent evaluation of the publication.

Canadian cancer statistics publication

Download current edition

Media release 2017

Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to get cancer. Learn more.

Evaluate or sign up to be notified about future editions

This annual publication provides health professionals, researchers, policy-makers and the general public with detailed information about incidence, mortality and other statistics for the most common types of cancer by age, sex, year and province or territory. It is developed through collaboration between the Canadian Cancer Society, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada and provincial and territorial cancer registries with input from the Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee.

Material in this publication may be reproduced with the following suggested citation:
Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2017. Toronto, ON: Canadian Cancer Society; 2017. Available at: cancer.ca/Canadian-Cancer-Statistics-2017-EN.pdf (accessed [date]).

  • 2017 resources
  • National cancer statistics at a glance 
    • An estimated 206,200 new cases of cancer and 80,800 deaths from cancer will occur in Canada in 2017.
    • Half of all new cases will be lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers.
    • About 1 in 2 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetimes and 1 in 4 will die of the disease.
    • 60% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis.
    • At the beginning of 2009, there were about 810,000 Canadians living with a cancer that had been diagnosed in the previous 10 years.
  • Alberta cancer statistics at a glance 
    Overview of new cases and deaths

    An estimated 206,200 new cancer diagnoses and 80,800 deaths from cancer occurred in Canada in 2017.

    Lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer are the 4 most commonly diagnosed cancers. 

    In 2017, an estimated 6,800 people died of cancer in Alberta, and 18,600 new cases were diagnosed.

    Cancer statistics for men in Alberta

    For men in Alberta, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer.
    In 2017:

    • An estimated 2,400 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer.
    • An estimated 1,250 men were diagnosed with colorectal cancer. 
    • An estimated 1,100 men were diagnosed with lung cancer.

    For men in Alberta, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death.
    In 2017:

    • An estimated 830 men died of lung cancer. 
    • An estimated 460 men died of colorectal cancer. 
    • An estimated 420 men died of prostate cancer.
    Cancer statistics for women in Alberta

    For women in Alberta, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer.
    In 2017:

    • An estimated 2,600 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. 
    • An estimated 1,100 women were diagnosed with lung cancer. 
    • An estimated 970 women were diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

    For women in Alberta, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death.
    In 2017:

    • An estimated 810 women died of lung cancer.
    • An estimated 410 women died of breast cancer. 
    • An estimated 330 women died of colorectal cancer.

    The estimates above are from Canadian Cancer Statistics 2017. These statistics are prepared through a partnership between the Canadian Cancer Society, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada in collaboration with the provincial and territorial cancer registries.

Stories

Rebecca and James Hamm It was very important that the fundraiser be in honour of my uncle, because it’s a great way to show our support for him.

Read the Hamm's story

Cancer affects all Canadians

Icon - 1 in 2

Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

Learn more