6 statistics that reveal the impact of cancer in Canada for 2020
The impact of cancer on Canadians has changed in many ways over the last few decades. In the 1940s, about 25% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer survived at least 5 years after their diagnosis. In the 1990s, 5-year survival improved to 55%. Today, that number has increased to 63% which means Canadians faced with a cancer diagnosis have a better chance of surviving than ever before.
As we enter a new decade, we can’t help but wonder: how will cancer affect Canadians across the country now? Working in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada, we developed a new study to help answer this question. Published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the study provides statistics on the number and rate of new cancer cases and deaths for 23 cancer types in 2020.
Find out what the key takeaways from this study reveal and why it matters to us all.
With nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, we all have a reason to care about cancer and the impact it has on our lives.
These key findings – and the other statistics highlighted in the new study – provide important information that can help us better understand the effectiveness of prevention, early detection and treatment, as well as identify what support services are needed, and what research should be done.
Learn more by reading the full study or viewing additional resources like our downloadable, one-page infographic.