The Prevalence of Cancer & Risk Factors Among Canadians 65+

Canada’s population is aging, and the aging process can bring about many challenges.

One of these is the impact of chronic diseases such as cancer, which can affect activities of daily living, reduce quality of life and increase mortality risk. The Government of Canada reports that the prevalence of cancer among seniors is 21.5%.

The onset of cancer can be delayed or mitigated through changes in behavioural risk factors as well as broader determinants of health.

The Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System estimates that in 2021, the overall number of adults aged 65 years and older who will be living with chronic conditions including cancer, will be about 6.3 million.

Read the report on Aging and Chronic Diseases: A Profile of Canadian Seniors, which focuses on the health and chronic disease patterns of Canadian seniors.

Learn more about risk factors associated with cancer and other chronic diseases among seniors. Click here