About Cancer

About Cancer in Quebec

An estimated 53,200 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Québec and 21,800 will die of the disease in 2017.

For men in Quebec, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer.

In 2017, it is estimated that approximately 4,800 Quebec men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and about 880 will die from the disease.

For women in Quebec, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer.

In 2017, it is estimated that approximately 6,500 women in Quebec will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and about 1,300 will die from it.

Lung cancer is the leading cancer-related cause of death, both among men and women. Nearly a third of all cancer deaths in Quebec – that is 31% – are due to lung cancer alone.

In 2017, an estimated 8,700 men and women in Quebec will be diagnosed with lung cancer in Quebec and about 6,700 will die from this type of cancer.

In 2017, an estimated 6,800 men and women in Quebec will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and about 2,550 will die of the disease.

Source: Canadian Cancer Society

About Cancer in Canada

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada, and is responsible for over 30 per cent of all deaths.

An estimated 1 in 2 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetimes, and 1 in 4 will die from it.

In 2017, an estimated 206,200 new cases of cancer and 80,800 cancer deaths will occur Canada.

Approximately 103,200 Canadian women and 103,100 men will be diagnosed with cancer in 2017.

Every day, 565 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer and 221 will die. Every hour, an estimated 24 people will be diagnosed with cancer, and nine will die.

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer diagnosed in women, with 26,300 new cases expected in 2017.

Prostate cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men, with 21,300 new cases expected in 2017.

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death for both sexes. It is responsible for approximately equal proportions of all cancer deaths in both males and females.

Four cancers – prostate, breast, lung and colorectal – together are expected to account for more than half (about 50 per cent) of all new cases diagnosed in Canada in 2017.

Cancer primarily affects Canadians over the age of 50, as 89 per cent of all new cases are diagnosed in people in this age group.

For both Canadian men and women, the median age of cancer diagnosis is between 65 and 69 years of age.

In 2017, it is estimated that 90% of all cancers will be diagnosed in Canadians age 50 years and over, while 45% will occur in Canadians 70 years of age and older

Increases in the number of new cases are largely due to a growing and aging population.

In 2009, about 810,045 Canadians diagnosed with cancer in the previous 10 years were alive. This represented about 2.4% of the Canadian population or 1 out of every 41 Canadians.

Source: Canadian Cancer Society

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