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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