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Brain and spinal cord cancer statistics

To provide the most current cancer statistics, researchers use statistical methods to estimate the number of new cancer cases and deaths until actual data become available.

Incidence and mortality

Incidence is the total number of new cases of cancer. Mortality is the number of deaths due to cancer.

It is estimated that in 2015:

  • 3,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with brain and spinal cord cancer.
  • 2,100 Canadians will die from brain and spinal cord cancer.
  • 1,750 men will be diagnosed with brain and spinal cord cancer and 1,250 will die from it.
  • 1,250 women will be diagnosed with brain and spinal cord cancer and 860 will die from it.

Chances (probability) of developing or dying from brain and spinal cord cancer

Based on 2010 estimates:

  • About 1 in 125 Canadian men is expected to develop brain and spinal cord cancer during his lifetime and 1 in 153 will die from it.
  • About 1 in 153 Canadian women is expected to develop brain and spinal cord cancer during her lifetime and 1 in 197 will die from it.

For more information about cancer statistics, go to Canadian Cancer Statistics publication.

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