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Cancer rates in Canada

A statistical snapshot of cross-country mortality rates

Last Updated: May 9, 2012

An estimated 75,000 people will die in Canada from cancer in 2011, according to the Canadian Cancer Society. Looked at another way, one in four women and one in 3.5 men will die from cancer. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of death, accounting for more than one-quarter of all cancer-related deaths. Colorectal, breast, prostate and pancreas cancer round out the top five deadliest cancers. The charts below provide a statistical look at cancer mortality rates over time in Canada. Select a type of cancer on the left-hand side to read more about a group of selected cancers.




*The percentage of people with cancer who live at least five years and 10 years after their cancer has been diagnosed.