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Canadian Cancer Statistics publication

This publication provides health professionals, researchers, policy-makers and the general public with detailed information about the burden of cancer in Canada. It is developed by the Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee 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.

Material in this publication may be reproduced with the following suggested citation:
Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2018. Toronto, ON: Canadian Cancer Society; 2018. Available at: cancer.ca/Canadian-Cancer-Statistics-2018-EN (accessed [date]).

  • 2018 resources
  • National cancer statistics at a glance 
    It is estimated that:
    • 206,200 new cancer diagnoses and 80,800 deaths from cancer occurred in Canada in 2017.
    • Lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer accounted for about half of all cancer diagnoses and deaths.
    • 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.

  • British Columbia 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 10,300 people died of cancer in British Columbia, and 25,400 new cases were diagnosed.

    Cancer statistics for men in British Columbia

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

    • An estimated 2,800 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. 
    • An estimated 1,850 men were diagnosed with colorectal cancer. 
    • An estimated 1,500 men were diagnosed with lung cancer.

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

    • An estimated 1,300 men died of lung cancer. 
    • An estimated 690 men died of colorectal cancer. 
    • An estimated 570 men died of prostate cancer.
    Cancer statistics for women in British Columbia

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

    • An estimated 3,500 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. 
    • An estimated 1,550 women were diagnosed with lung cancer. 
    • An estimated 1,500 women were diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

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

    • An estimated 1,200 women died of lung cancer.
    • An estimated 610 women died of breast cancer. 
    • An estimated 630 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.

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