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Canadian Cancer Statistics

This year, a Canadian Cancer Statistics publication was developed in form of a peer-reviewed article Projected estimates of cancer in Canada in 2020 published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on March 2, 2020. The article features 2020 projected estimates of incidence and mortality by sex and geographic region for 23 cancer types.

Projected estimates of cancer in Canada in 2020 (CMAJ website)
Executive summary (infographic)
Media release (CMAJ website)

Suggested citation:
Brenner DR, Weir HK, Demers AA, Ellison LF, Louzado C, Shaw A, Turner D, Woods RR, Smith LM. Projected estimates of cancer in Canada in 2020, CMAJ. 2020;192:E199-205.

Projected estimates of cancer in Canada in 2020 provides the most current estimates of incidence and mortality numbers and rates.  For the most up-to-date estimates of the lifetime probability of developing and dying of cancer, trends in incidence and mortality over time and survival, please see Canadian Cancer Statistics 2019.

Canadian Cancer Statistics provides health professionals, researchers, policy-makers and the general public with detailed information about 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.


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