Lung Cancer Statistics

By Justin Clark, Researcher

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Here are a few of the most relevant statistics for lung cancer in Canada:

  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women.
  • Among males, lung cancer mortality rates are highest in Quebec, and lowest in British Columbia
  • Among females, lung cancer mortality rates are highest in Nova Scotia
  • Lung cancer has a high mortality rate; in 2009, 23,400 new cases were diagnosed, and there were 20,500 deaths from lung cancer.
  • 58 of every 100,000 males died of lung cancer in 2009 in Canada
  • 40 of every 100,000 females died of lung cancer in 2009 in Canada
  • More than half of all newly diagnosed lung cancers occur in Canadians aged 70 or older.

Age-Standardized Incidence Rates (ASIR) For Selected Cancers (Including Lung) – Canadian Males – 1980-2009

Lung Cancer Incidence Rates for Canadian Males 1980 to 2009

Age-Standardized Incidence Rates (ASIR) For Selected Cancers (Including Lung) – Canadian Females – 1980-2009

Lung Cancer Incidence Rates for Canadian Women 1980 to 2009

Age-Standardized Mortality Rates (ASMR) For Selected Cancers (Including Lung) – Canadian Males – 1980-2009

Lung Cancer Mortality Rates for Canadian Males 1980 to 2009

Age-Standardized Mortality Rates (ASMR) For Selected Cancers (Including Lung) – Canadian Females – 1980-2009

Lung Cancer Mortality Rates for Canadian Women 1980 to 2009

Estimated Age Standardized 5-Year Survival Ratio (%) – Both Sexes Combined – Canada (Excluding Quebec)

5 Year Survival Rate - Comparison Of Lung Cancer To Other Cancers

Estimated New Cases And Deaths For Lung Cancer by Age Group & Sex – Canada 2009

Lung Cancer - New Cases & Deaths by Age Group & Sex - 2009

All statistics on this page were originally found in the Canadian Cancer Society’s 2009 Statistics.