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Media release 2019

This publication provides health professionals, researchers, policy-makers and the general public with detailed information about the burden of cancer in Canada. It is developed by the Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee through a partnership between the Canadian Cancer Society, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada in collaboration with the provincial and territorial cancer registries.

Material in this publication may be reproduced with the following suggested reference:
Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2019. Toronto, ON: Canadian Cancer Society; 2019. Available at: cancer.ca/Canadian-Cancer-Statistics-2019-EN (accessed [date]).

  • 2019 resources
  • National cancer statistics at a glance 
    It is estimated that:
    • 220,400 new cancer diagnoses and 82,100 deaths will occur in Canada in 2019.
    • Lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer will account for about half of all cancer diagnoses and deaths in 2019.
    • About 1 in 2 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetimes and 1 in 4 will die of the disease.
    • 63% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis.


  • Nova Scotia cancer statistics at a glance
    Overview of new cases and deaths

    An estimated 220,400 new cases of cancer and 82,100 deaths from cancer will occur in Canada in 2019.
    Lung, breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer account for the top 4 newly diagnosed cancers.
    In 2019, an estimated 2,900 people will die of cancer in Nova Scotia, and 6,700 new cases will be diagnosed.

    Cancer statistics for men in Nova Scotia

    For men in Nova Scotia, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer.

    In 2019:

    • An estimated 610 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
    • An estimated 530 men will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
    • An estimated 520 men will be diagnosed with lung cancer.

    For men in Nova Scotia, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death.

    In 2019:

    • An estimated 420 men will die of lung cancer.
    • An estimated 220 men will die of colorectal cancer.
    • An estimated 140 men will die of prostate cancer.
    Cancer statistics for women in Nova Scotia

    For women in Nova Scotia, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer.

    In 2019:

    • An estimated 800 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
    • An estimated 530 women will be diagnosed with lung cancer.
    • An estimated 430 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

    For women in Nova Scotia, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death.

    In 2019:

    • An estimated 380 women will die of lung cancer.
    • An estimated 160 women will die of breast cancer.
    • An estimated 160 women will die of colorectal cancer.

    The above figures are taken from Canadian Cancer Statistics 2019. These statistics are prepared through a partnership of the Canadian Cancer Society, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada, in collaboration with the provincial and territorial cancer registries.

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