Information about cancer

Cancer is a broad term for a group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. A leading cause of death, worldwide deaths from cancer are projected to continue to rise to over 13.1 million in 2030.

2017 Canadian statisticsFootnote 1

  • 1 out of 2 Canadians is expected to develop cancer
  • 1 out of 4 will die from the disease
  • 60% of those diagnosed will survive at least 5 years
  • An estimated 206,200 new cases of cancer and 80,800 deaths from cancer were expected to occur in Canada in 2017.

Gender differences Footnote 1

Women

  • 38, 200 women are expected to die from cancer
    • 26.2% will die from lung and bronchus cancers
    • 13.1% will die from breast cancer
    • 11.3% will die from colorectal cancer

Men

  • 42, 600 men are expected to die from cancer
    • 26.1% will die from lung and bronchus cancers
    • 12.0% will die from colorectal cancer
    • 9.6% will die from prostate cancer

Funding

2015-16 = $156 million in CIHR funding for cancer related research

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