Age and Gender Distribution

Males have a 46% chance of developing cancer in their lifetime; women have a 41% chance.

The leading cancer in males is prostate cancer, with 23,600 expected new cases. In females the leading cancer is breast with 23,800 expected new cases. There will be 96,200 new cancer cases in men and 91,400 new cancer cases in females this year.

For men, their overall cancer incidence rate has been declining ever since 1993. Among women, the overall cancer incidence rate has been increasing slowly since the 1990s. This increase reflects a rise primarily of lung cancer.

Canadians over the age of 50 represent 88% of all new cancer cases. As well, nearly half of all new cases (43%) will occur in people aged 70 years or older. The Canadian population is aging. Seniors represent the fastest-growing age group in Canada. As a direct result of this, it is expected that a growing number of people will be diagnosed with diseases related to aging, such as cancer.

*Data contained on this page taken from ‘Canadian Cancer Statistics 2013.

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