Statistics and risk factors

 Incidence of cancer

Approximately one in two Canadians will develop cancer during his lifetime

  • 202,400 new cases of cancer expected in 2016 in Canada
  • Every 3 minutes, every day, 1 person will be diagnosed with cancer

incidence-2016   70% of new cancer cases will occur in Canadians aged 50 years or older.1

  Of the newly diagnosed cases, more than half will be lung, colorectal, prostate and breast cancers. 


 The most frequent types of cancer

Men Women
Prostate Breast
Colorectal Lung
Lung Colorectal







 Cancer mortality

Cancer is the principal cause of death in Canada, since 2005

  • One in four Canadians will die from cancer
  • 78 800 cancer deaths expected in 2016 in Canada
  • Every hour, about 9 people will die of cancer in Canada in 2016


  83% of cancer death will occur in Canadian aged 60 years of older.1


 Lung cancer

Lung cancer causes the largest number of deaths annually, 20,800 deaths expected in 2016 in Canada.

 Tobacco use

On its own, tobacco use is the most important cancer risk factor,

  • causing the largest number of death annually in Canada 

 Avoidable cancer risk factors

Nearly 30% of cancer deaths are due to the five following main risk factors associated with behavior and diet:

  • smoking
  • being overweight
  • low fruit and vegetable intake
  • lack of physical activity
  • alcohol use


 The evolution of cancer in Canada

It is expected that mortality due to cancer will continue to increase to exceed more than 100,000 deaths in 2030 in Canada3.

 Thanks to research, there is hope

For all cancers combined, significant decreases in mortality rates were observed for both men and women and in most age groups.


1. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2016
2. World Health Organization (WHO-Cancer)
3. Cancer Research Investment in Canada, 2008, published in September 2011 by CCRA and CPAC