5 New Stats about Cancer in Canada
Cancer affects us all. Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians will hear the words “you have cancer” in their lifetime. In 2019 alone, an estimated 220,400 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer – that’s about 25 every hour. While we know each year the number of new cancer cases and deaths is rising due to our aging and growing population, the findings in a new report, Canadian Cancer Statistics 2019, show exciting progress is being made.
In the report, 23 cancers were studied, and almost all were shown to have better survival now than in the early 1990s with blood cancers showing the biggest increases.
As an organization committed to providing trusted cancer information to all Canadians, we’re sharing 5 key findings from the report to show how the impact of cancer is changing across the country.
Cancer survival has improved since the early 1990s from 55% to 63%
Today, Canadians facing cancer have a better chance of surviving than ever before. According to the report, 5-year survival for all cancers combined has increased from 55% in the early 1990s to about 63% today. This is a huge improvement over the 1940s when survival was only about 25%.
This positive shift wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thanks to our dedicated supporters, we’ve been able to – and will continue to – fund game-changing research that helps Canadians go from having cancer to living with and beyond cancer. We now know so much more about what causes cancer, how to treat it and how we can improve the quality of life for people living with it.
Trends like this are proof that together, we are a force-for-life in the face of cancer.
While rates of lung cancer diagnoses and deaths have been decreasing in males since the early 1990s, the same hasn’t been seen in females until now.
As the leading cause of cancer death in Canada, resulting in more deaths than the other 3 major cancer types (breast, colorectal and prostate) combined, we know the single most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of lung cancer is to live smoke-free. That’s why we’re thrilled to see this trend emerge in the report following years of our work in tobacco smoking prevention, quit programs, education and advocacy.