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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.

  • Prince Edward Island 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 410 people will die of cancer in Prince Edward Island, and 910 new cases will be diagnosed.

    Cancer statistics for men in Prince Edward Island

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

    • An estimated 95 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer. 
    • An estimated 70 men were diagnosed with colorectal cancer. 
    • An estimated 75 men were diagnosed with lung cancer.

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

    • An estimated 60 men died of lung cancer. 
    • An estimated 25 men died of colorectal cancer. 
    • An estimated 20 men died of prostate cancer.
    Cancer statistics for women in Prince Edward Island

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

    • An estimated 120 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. 
    • An estimated 60 women were diagnosed with lung cancer. 
    • An estimated 60 women were diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

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

    • An estimated 55 women died of lung cancer.
    • An estimated 25 women died of breast cancer. 
    • An estimated 30 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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