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Cancer of unknown primary statistics

Specific numbers for cancer of unknown primary are not reported separately but are included in the general category all other and unspecified cancers. This broad category includes similar cancers that are grouped and reported together. As a result, the statistics provided do not necessarily reflect the incidence and mortality for cancer of unknown primary.

It can take several years to collect and confirm cancer data, so the number of new cancer cases and deaths from recent years may not be available for some time. The most recent data available are provided below.

Incidence and mortality

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

The most recent incidence statistics for all other and unspecified cancers are from 2010:

  • 7,495 Canadians were diagnosed with all other and unspecified cancers.
  • 3,795 men were diagnosed with all other and unspecified cancers.
  • 3,700 women were diagnosed with all other and unspecified cancers.

The most recent mortality statistics for all other and unspecified cancers are from 2012:

  • 4,758 Canadians died from all other and unspecified cancers.
  • 2,392 men died from all other and unspecified cancers.
  • 2,366 women died from all other and unspecified cancers.

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

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