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To provide the most current cancer statistics, statistical methods are used 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.
In 2020, an estimated:
- 6,900 Canadians will be diagnosed with leukemia.
- 3,000 Canadians will die from leukemia.
- 4,100 men will be diagnosed with leukemia and 1,800 will die from it.
- 2,800 women will be diagnosed with leukemia and 1,250 will die from it.
For more information about cancer statistics, go to Canadian Cancer Statistics.
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.