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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.

  • Newfoundland 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 1,550 people died of cancer in Newfoundland, and 3,900 new cases were diagnosed.

    Cancer statistics for men in Newfoundland and Labrador

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

    • An estimated 450 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. 
    • An estimated 360 men were diagnosed with colorectal cancer. 
    • An estimated 320 men were diagnosed with lung cancer.

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

    • An estimated 230 men died of lung cancer. 
    • An estimated 140 men died of colorectal cancer. 
    • An estimated 75 men died of prostate cancer.
    Cancer statistics for women in Newfoundland and Labrador

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

    • An estimated 510 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. 
    • An estimated 270 women were diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
    • An estimated 220 women were diagnosed with lung cancer.

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

    • An estimated 140 women died of lung cancer.
    • An estimated 100 women died of breast cancer. 
    • An estimated 95 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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