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Kidney 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:

  • 6,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with kidney cancer.
  • 1,800 Canadians will die from kidney cancer.
  • 3,900 men will be diagnosed with kidney cancer and 1,150 will die from it.
  • 2,300 women will be diagnosed with kidney cancer and 660 will die from it.

Chances (probability) of developing or dying from kidney cancer

Based on 2010 estimates:

  • About 1 in 56 Canadian men is expected to develop kidney cancer during his lifetime and 1 in 139 will die from it.
  • About 1 in 90 Canadian women is expected to develop kidney cancer during her lifetime and 1 in 234 will die from it.

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


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