Cancer in Canada
The latest cancer research suggests 1 in 2 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, causing more deaths among Canadians than the other three major cancer types combined. (If you haven’t quit yet, read this.) It also results in more than 51 percent of all new cancer cases. Despite this large impact, there has been a substantial drop in the lung cancer death rate (especially for men) over the past 25 years, which has driven a decline in the overall cancer death rate.
The next most common cancers in the country are breast, colorectal and prostate cancer, in that order. Males are diagnosed with cancer (51 percent) slightly more often than females (49 percent), with prostate cancer and breast cancer being the most frequently diagnosed.
Read on to find out which provinces and territories have the highest risk and the lowest.