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, statistical methods are used to estimate the number of new cancer cases and deaths until actual data become available.
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In Canadian men, the rate of lung cancer began decreasing in 1990. In women, the lung cancer incidence rate began decreasing in 2013.
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 men, the death rate from lung cancer began to level off in the late 1980s and has been declining ever since. The death rate for women increased until 2006 but is now decreasing. The rate of decline in mortality is now comparable between men and women for the first time since 1984.
Chances (probability) of developing or dying from lung cancer @(Model.HeadingTag)>
It is estimated that about 1 in 15 Canadian men will develop lung cancer during their lifetime and 1 in 18 will die from it.
It is estimated that about 1 in 15 Canadian women will develop lung cancer during their lifetime and 1 in 20 will die from it.
For more information about cancer statistics, go to Canadian Cancer Statistics.
Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2021. Canadian Cancer Society; 2021.