Earlier this month the Canadian Cancer Society published it’s annual Canadian Cancer Statistics Report. After a one year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the report has been released in early November with many positive findings.
The primary highlight in this year’s report reveals a 50% decline in the rate of prostate cancer deaths since its peak in 1995. Other key findings in the report include: that cancer continues to be the leading cause of death in Canada, and 1 in 4 Canadians are expected to die from cancer.
- About 43% of Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime.
- Five-year survival for cancer is now 64%, up from 55% in the early 1990s
- The cancer death rate has decreased an estimated 29% since its peak in 1988.
- In 2021, almost 239,000 Canadians are expected to be diagnosed with cancer and nearly 85,000 are expected to die of cancer.