Alberta Cancer Foundation

Alberta’s Cancer, by the Numbers

At least half of us will be touched by cancer in our lifetime in Alberta. Whether it’s hearing the dreaded three words, “You have cancer,” or having a loved one break his or her news to you, it’s not an easy thing to deal with. Here are some numbers behind the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s drive towards a cancer-free future.

16,000 Number of people who’ll be diagnosed with cancer this year
6,000 Number of people who’ll die of cancer this year
1:2 Ratio of Albertans who’ll develop cancer in their lifetime
25 Percentage of Albertans who’ll die of cancer
Top 4 Most common cancers in Alberta: breast, prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers, accounting for 54 per cent of diagnoses and 51 per cent of cancer deaths
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