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.

2020 Canadian statisticsFootnote 1

  • 1 out of 2 Canadians is expected to develop cancer
  • 1 out of 4 will die from the disease
  • 63% of those diagnosed will survive at least 5 years
  • An estimated 225,800 new cases of cancer and 83,300 deaths from cancer were expected to occur in Canada in 2020.

Gender differences Footnote 1

Women

  • 39, 300 women are expected to die from cancer
    • 26% will die from lung cancer
    • 13% will die from breast cancer
    • 11% will die from colorectal cancer
    • 7% will die from pancreatic cancer

Men

  • 44, 100 men are expected to die from cancer
    • 25% will die from lung cancer
    • 12% will die from colorectal cancer
    • 10% will die from prostate cancer
    • 6% will die from pancreatic cancer

Funding

2018-2019 = $199 million in CIHR funding for cancer related research

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