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Brain and spinal cord cancer statistics

To provide the most current cancer statistics, statistical methods are used 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.

In 2017, an estimated:

  • 3,000 Canadians were diagnosed with brain and spinal cord cancer.
  • 2,400 Canadians died from brain and spinal cord cancer.
  • 1,700 men were diagnosed with brain and spinal cord cancer and 1,350 died from it.
  • 1,300 women were diagnosed with brain and spinal cord cancer and 1,050 died from it.

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

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