Canadian cancer risk factor charts

What are current Canadian risk factor statistics?

Following a healthy lifestyle can prevent about half of all cancers. However, many Canadians are not making healthy choices to reduce their risk. We developed these charts to help researchers, community groups, practitioners, and others to better understand how Canadians can improve their health and reduce their cancer risk. We also wanted to provide a user-friendly resource for reports and presentations. We have provided data for major risks in one location, simplifying access.

The charts present current cancer risk statistics for all provinces and territories, as available for the major cancer risk factors: alcohol, fruit and vegetable consumption, obesity, physical activity, tobacco, and UV exposure. These charts are available as high-resolution images for use in presentations and other application. The obesity maps are also available in an animated format (gif).

When using these charts and maps, please attribute authorship to the Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention.

Charts and maps


Data sources include the following:

The charts will be updated on an annual basis, or as new data are released. Additional charts may be added as new information is made available, or if it addresses a special interest. For more cancer-related charts and data, see the following sites:

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