Standard screening test: NONE

  • Esophageal cancer was the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in Canada in 2015. An estimated 2200 new cases of esophageal cancer were diagnosed in Canada in 2015.
  • Five-year survival is the lowest for pancreatic, esophageal and lung cancers.
  • British Columbia has a high incidence of esophageal and liver cancers which could partly be explained by high numbers of immigrants from South Asia and China where hepatitis B virus (HBV) is endemic and rates of esophageal cancer are higher in China and Central Asia.

Additional facts & information:

5 Year Survival

  • Stage 0 – no data
  • Stages 1 & 2 – 41%
  • Stage 3 – 23%
  • Stage 4 – 5%

About 69% of cases are diagnosed late at stage 3 or stage 4.