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|