The Canadian Cancer Society has released its 2016 cancer statistics, estimating over 200,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year.
It estimates 78,800 people will die from the disease, with lung, breast, colorectal and prostate cancers accounting for more than half the cases.
Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women. It’s estimated 25,700 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and about 4,900 will die from the disease.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. It’s estimated 21,600 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and around 4,000 will die from the it.
Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, followed by colorectal, breast and pancreatic cancers. This year, an estimated 28,400 Canadians will be diagnosed with lung cancer and about 20,800 will die from the disease, making it responsible for more than a quarter of all cancer deaths.
Canadians aged 50 to 79 will represent 70 per cent of all new cancer cases and almost 62 per cent of cancer deaths. The highest proportion of new cases will occur in those 60 to 69, while the highest proportion of deaths are expected in those 80 and older.
Overall, an estimated two in five Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes; an estimated one in four Canadians will die from the disease.
According to Canadian Cancer Society epidemiologist Leah Smith, studies suggest that as Canada’s population continues to grow and age, there will be an almost 40 per cent jump in the number of annual cancer cases by 2030, even though the rate of new cancers per 100,000 Canadians will remain relatively stable.