Lung cancer statistics
Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canada (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers). It is the leading cause of death from cancer for both men and women in Canada.
To provide the most current cancer statistics, researchers use statistical methods to estimate the number of new cancer cases and deaths until actual data become available.
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In Canada, the incidence rate of lung cancer is higher in men than in women. In males, the rate of lung cancer began decreasing in 1990. In females, the lung cancer incidence rate began decreasing in 2011.
The difference in incidence rates and trends between the sexes is likely because of differences in tobacco use. More men smoked than women, and men's smoking rates began to decline earlier than women's smoking rates.
In males, the death rate from lung cancer began to level off in the late 1980s and has been declining ever since. The death rate for females was increasing until 2006 but is now decreasing. Men continue to have a higher rate of lung cancer death than women.
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It is estimated that about 1 in 14 Canadian men will develop lung cancer during their lifetime and 1 in 16 will die from it.
It is estimated that about 1 in 15 Canadian women will develop lung cancer during their lifetime and 1 in 19 will die from it.
For more information, go to Canadian Cancer Statistics.
Brenner DR, Weir HK, Demers AA, et al . Projected estimates of cancer in Canada in 2020 . Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) . 2020 : 192:E199–205. https://www.cmaj.ca/content/cmaj/192/9/E199.full.pdf.