Issue 20-14: Cancer Incidence

January 29, 2020

There were a total of 24,610 new cases of cancer diagnosed in British Columbia in 2017, a 1.8% decline compared to the previous year, making for a rate of 500 per 100,000 population. The rate for new cancer cases among men in the province decreased 3.5%, to 526, whereas the rate among women dropped 2.7%, to 474 per 100,000 population.

In 2017, the four most commonly diagnosed cancers in B.C. were breast (13%), lung and bronchus (13%), prostate (12%) and colon and rectum (11%) combined accounting for about half of all new cancer diagnoses. The most frequently diagnosed cancers among men included prostate (24%), colon and rectum (12%), lung and bronchus (12%), and urinary bladder (8%) cancer. Among women, the most commonly diagnosed consisted of breast (27%), lung and bronchus (14%), colon and rectum (11%), and corpus uteri (7%) cancers.

Nationally (excluding Quebec), the number of new cancer diagnoses totalled 149,435 in 2017, down 1.1% from 2016. Meanwhile, the incidence rate declined (-2.4%), to 529 per 100,000 population. All but one of the reporting provinces registered year-over-year declines in rate of new cancer diagnoses, with Nova Scotia (-5.8%) posting the greatest declines, followed by Manitoba (-3.8%) and Saskatchewan (-3.5%). Conversely, P.E.I. (+2.9%) saw an increase in incidence rate.

Data Source: Statistics Canada