Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health releases Cancer Incidence Report

The Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health has released the Yukon Cancer Incidence Report 2009–2016. The report provides detailed information on regional trends in cancer incidence. The report is intended to inform the public as well as to help policy-makers and health professionals make decisions about cancer control and prevention in Yukon.

The Yukon Cancer Incidence Report 2009-2016 provides the clearest picture yet of how cancer is affecting Yukoners, and allows evidence based recommendations for new directions in cancer prevention and care.

There are multiple factors that influence the risk of cancer, from biological to environmental factors, to the social circumstances we live in. Almost half of cancers can be prevented and in some cases it can be caught at an early and treatable stage. Knowing more about cancer risk factors, prevention and early detection is important for everyone.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley

Quick Facts

  • This report is the second of a series of Yukon cancer reports aiming to examine cancer in the territory. The first one is titled: Yukon Cancer Mortality Trends, 1999–2013 Report.
  • Cancer incidence rates in Yukon are very similar to rates in the rest of Canada.
  • Yukon’s cancer incidence rates per population have declined in recent years. However, the number of individuals diagnosed with cancer is expected to increase as Yukon’s population ages and grows. Therefore, an increasing demand on health and social services can be expected in the territory.
  • Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in Yukon followed by lung, colorectal and prostate cancer. These four cancers are also the most common causes of cancer death in both Yukon and across Canada.
  • The Government of Yukon and Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health are currently engaged in a number of cancer related initiatives in collaboration with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.


Dr. Brendan Hanley
Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health

Julie Ménard
Communications, Health and Social Services
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