A A A

Canadian Cancer Statistics 2014

27 May 2014

New Brunswick -

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and malignant melanoma is one of the fastest rising of all cancers in Canada, according to a special report in the Canadian Cancer Statistics 2014, released today by the Canadian Cancer Society in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada.

While the rate of new cases and deaths for many types of cancer are going down in Canada, the report, which examined melanoma rates since 1986, reveals that melanoma has been increasing significantly in both men and women. In men, the incidence rate increased 2% per year between 1986 and 2010 and in women, 1.5% per year. The death rate has increased by 1.2% per year in men and by 0.4% for women.

Compared to the rest of Canada, New Brunswick’s incidence rates for melanoma are higher than average.

“The increase in incidence and mortality for melanoma is cause for concern, particularly because skin cancers are among the most preventable,” said Anne McTiernan-Gamble, CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society New Brunswick. “It’s important to understand the impact of skin cancer so that we can take steps to reverse this upward trend.”

This year, an estimated 6,500 new cases of melanoma and 76,100 cases of non-melanoma skin cancers are expected to be diagnosed in Canada. About 1,050 Canadians are expected to die from melanoma this year. In New Brunswick, approximately 175 New Brunswickers will be diagnosed with melanoma and an estimated 25 New Brunswickers will die from the disease.

Risk factors

The main risk factor for skin cancer is UV radiation from overexposure to the sun and other sources, such as indoor tanning beds. The Government of New Brunswick passed legislation last year banning tanning salon operators from allowing youth under 19 to use tanning equipment. The legislation also restricted the tanning bed industry from marketing to youth.

“While these are important measures toward reducing the impact of skin cancers in New Brunswick, we need take additional steps to further reduce incidence rates,” Ms. McTiernan-Gamble said. “We need to encourage people of all ages to practice sun-safe behaviour and restrict tanning bed use.”

General highlights – Canadian Cancer Statistics 2014

  • Cancer continues to be the leading cause of death in Canada.
  • Over the past 30 years, the death rate for all cancers combined has been declining for men and women in most age groups.
  • The 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers combined in 2006–2008 was 63%, an improvement over the survival rate of 56% in 1992–1994.
  • An estimated 5,000 new cases of cancer (not including non-melanoma skin cancer) and 1,940 deaths from cancer are expected to occur in New Brunswick in 2014.
  • Four types of cancer – lung, breast, colorectal and prostate – account for 52% of newly diagnosed cancers.

Canadian Cancer Statistics 2014 was prepared through a partnership of the Canadian Cancer Society, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada and provincial and territorial cancer registries. For more information about Canadian Cancer Statistics 2014, visit cancer.ca.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. Building on our progress, we are working with Canadians to change cancer forever. For more information, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

For more information, please contact:

Paula White

Manager, Communications, CCSNB

Phone: (506) 634-6040