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 and mortality statistics for all other and unspecified cancers are from 2013:
- 7,125 Canadians were diagnosed with all other and unspecified cancers.
- 3,410 Canadians died from all other and unspecified cancers.
- 3,740 men were diagnosed with all other and unspecified cancers and 1,661 died from them.
- 3,470 women were diagnosed with all other and unspecified cancers and 1746 died from them.
For more information about cancer statistics, go to the Canadian Cancer Statistics publication.
Research at the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control led to a new standard in leukemia testing.
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.