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Canadian cancer statistics

Canadian Cancer Statistics provides comprehensive surveillance statistics on cancer in Canada. The full publication is produced every second year and includes detailed statistics on incidence, mortality and survival by sex, age group, geographic region and time period for 20+ cancer types. In alternate years, a special report is released as well as current-year projected estimates of incidence and mortality. 

The publication is written for health professionals, researchers and policy makers, but other audiences will also find the information useful. 

Canadian Cancer Statistics is developed by the Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee in collaboration with the Canadian Cancer Society, Statistics Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, with data provided by the provincial and territorial cancer registries.  

This 2020 special report provides statistics on lung cancer incidence, mortality, survival and prevalence. Where relevant, the statistics are presented by sex, age, geography, stage, histology and time. It also includes new statistics on lung cancer prevention, screening and disparities.

Material in this publication may be reproduced with the following suggested reference: Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee. Canadian Cancer Statistics: A 2020 special report on lung cancer. Toronto, ON: Canadian Cancer Society; 2020. Available at: (accessed [date]).

Past editions

For the most up-to-date statistics on the probability of developing and dying of cancer, incidence and mortality trends over time and survival for 23 cancer types, see Canadian Cancer Statistics 2019. Previous editions are also available.