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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.

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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.
  • Ontario 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 29,600 people died of cancer in Ontario, and 80,700 new cases were diagnosed.

    Cancer statistics for men in Ontario

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

    • An estimated 8,500 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. 
    • An estimated 5,700 men were diagnosed with colorectal cancer. 
    • An estimated 5,300 men were diagnosed with lung cancer.

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

    • An estimated 3,700 men died of lung cancer. 
    • An estimated 1,750 men died of colorectal cancer. 
    • An estimated 1,600 men died of prostate cancer.
    Cancer statistics for women in Ontario

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

    • An estimated 10,100 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. 
    • An estimated 5,300 women were diagnosed with lung cancer. 
    • An estimated 4,700 women were diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

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

    • An estimated 3,400 women died of lung cancer.
    • An estimated 1,900 women died of breast cancer. 
    • An estimated 1,500 women died of colorectal cancer.
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    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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