Today the Canadian Cancer Society released its annual statistical report Canadian Cancer Statistics 2017, providing the most up to date estimates of cancer burden in Canada.
According to the report, an estimated 206,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone including more than 25,000 British Columbians. That’s nearly 1 in 2 Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. For those interested in accessing the report, it can be found online at www.cancer.ca/statistics.
The report is prepared through a partnership between the Canadian Cancer Society, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada and provincial and territorial cancer registries. This year’s report marks the 31st consecutive year this report has been produced and includes data from our own BC Cancer Registry.
Each year’s report includes a special topic explored in detail with national cancer data; this year’s topic is a focus on pancreatic cancer. As the report notes, pancreatic cancer is now the 4th most common cause of cancer death in Canada with an estimated 4,800 Canadians expected to die of this cancer in 2017.