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Leukemia 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 leukemia.
  • 2,700 Canadians will die from leukemia.
  • 3,500 men will be diagnosed with leukemia and 1,550 will die from it.
  • 2,700 women will be diagnosed with leukemia and 1,150 will die from it.

Chances (probability) of developing or dying from leukemia

Based on 2010 estimates:

  • About 1 in 53 Canadian men is expected to develop leukemia during his lifetime and 1 in 96 will die from it.
  • About 1 in 72 Canadian women is expected to develop leukemia during her lifetime and 1 in 132 will die from it.

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


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