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Health - Mortality from Leading Diseases

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Diseases of the circulatory system and cancers are the leading causes of death in Canada. Heart attack and stroke are the main causes of death from circulatory diseases. The leading cause of death from cancer is lung cancer among the Canadian population.

In order to compare mortality over time and across populations with different age structures, mortality is age-standardized to the 1991 Canadian Census population (see Age-standardized rate for more details).

Summary

  • National Picture — In 2009, heart attack and lung cancer were the leading causes of death in Canada.
  • Gender — The probability of dying from a heart attack, stroke, or leading cancers was higher for men than women in 2009. 
  • Regions — In 2009, mortality from heart attack, stroke and leading cancers combined was much higher in Nunavut compared to other territories and provinces.

National Picture

In 2009, heart attack was the leading cause of death from circulatory diseases, at32 deaths per 100,000 Canadians. Lung cancer was the leading cause of death from cancer, at 44 deaths per 100,000.

Mortality for heart attack, stroke, and prostate cancer decreased between 2000 and 2009.Heart attack mortality decreased from56 deaths per 100,000 Canadians in 2000 to32 in 2009. Stroke mortality fell from42 to 28 deaths per 100,000 Canadians. Prostate cancer mortality decreased from 27 to 20 deaths per 100,000 men. Breast cancer decreased, from 25 to 20 deaths per 100,000 women.


This Chart contains data for Mortality from leading circulatory diseases and cancers, Canada, 2000, 2004 and 2009. Information is available in table below Prostate cancer (men) (2009) = 20 Prostate cancer (men) (2004) = 23 Prostate cancer (men) (2000) = 27 Breast cancer (women) (2009) = 20 Breast cancer (women) (2004) = 23 Breast cancer (women) (2000) = 25 Lung cancer (2009) = 44 Lung cancer (2004) = 47 Lung cancer (2000) = 47 Colorectal cancer (2009) = 17 Colorectal cancer (2004) = 19 Colorectal cancer (2000) = 19 Stroke (2009) = 28 Stroke (2004) = 35 Stroke (2000) = 42 Heart attack (2009) = 32 Heart attack (2004) = 45 Heart attack (2000) = 56 (per 100,000 people) Mortality from leading circulatory diseases and cancers, Canada, 2000, 2004 and 2009

Source: Statistics Canada. Deaths and mortality rate, 2000-2009, by selected causes and sex, Canada, provinces and territories (CANSIM Table 102-0552). Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 2012.


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Mortality from leading circulatory diseases and cancers, Canada, 2000, 2004 and 2009 (per 100,000 people)
Heart attackStrokeColorectal cancerLung cancerBreast cancer (women)Prostate cancer (men)
2000564219472527
2004453519472323
2009322817442020


Gender

Mortality for heart attack, stroke, and colorectal and lung cancers was higher for men than women in 2009. Thus, except for gender-specific cancers, men were more likely to die from these diseases than women.


This Chart contains data for Mortality from leading circulatory diseases and cancers, by gender, 2009. Information is available in table below Prostate cancer (Men) = 20 Breast cancer (Women) = 20 Lung cancer (Women) = 36 Lung cancer (Men) = 54 Colorectal cancer (Women) = 14 Colorectal cancer (Men) = 22 Stroke (Women) = 26 Stroke (Men) = 31 Heart attack (Women) = 22 Heart attack (Men) = 44 (per 100,000 people) Mortality from leading circulatory diseases and cancers, by gender, 2009

Source: Statistics Canada. Deaths and mortality rate, 2000-2009, by selected causes and sex, Canada, provinces and territories (CANSIM Table 102-0552). Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 2012.


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Mortality from leading circulatory diseases and cancers, by gender, 2009 (per 100,000 people)
Heart attackStrokeColorectal cancerLung cancerBreast cancerProstate cancer
Men44312254null20
Women2226143620null

Regions

In 2009, mortality for heart attack, stroke and all cancers (excluding gender-specific cancers) ranged from 205 deaths per 100,000 people in British Columbia to 410 deaths per 100,000 in Nunavut. Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia had lower mortality for these illnesses than the national average.

This Chart contains data for Mortality from leading circulatory diseases and cancers combined by region, 2009. Information is available in table below NU = 410 NT = 238 YT = 283 BC = 205 AB = 207 SK = 212 MB = 231 ON = 212 QC = 237 NB = 241 NS = 240 PE = 257 NL = 274 CAN = 220 (per 100,000 people) Mortality from leading circulatory diseases and cancers combined by region, 2009

Source: Statistics Canada. Deaths and mortality rate, 2000-2009, by selected causes and sex, Canada, provinces and territories (CANSIM Table 102-0552). Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 2012.


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Mortality from leading circulatory diseases and cancers combined by region, 2009 (per 100,000 people)
CANNLPENSNBQCONMBSKABBCYTNTNU
220274257240241237212231212207205283238410

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Date Modified:
2014-07-31