Summary Tables

Here are summaries of the data and biospecimens currently available from Alberta’s Tomorrow Project (ATP). New data are regularly coming online, so check back for updates!

We encourage you to browse through these tables to see if our data and biological samples fit your research question. You can learn more in our Survey Information page. Please contact our Access team by email or phone at any time.

Our Timeline: The figure above shows the evolution of Alberta’s Tomorrow Project (ATP);

ATP was launched in 2000 and recruitment continued until 2015. Questionnaires were administered throughout this period, so the type and number of surveys completed by a participant depend on when they joined.

For example, a participant recruited in 2001 was invited to fill out the Health and Lifestyle Questionnaire (HLQ), followed by the Canadian Diet History Questionnaire-I (CDHQ-I) and the Past-Year Total Physical Activity Questionnaire (PYTPAQ) as part of the baseline enrollment package. Such a participant would have been sent additional questionnaires in subsequent years, such as Survey 2004 and Survey 2008.

In 2008 ATP joined four other cohorts across Canada to form the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP). Two versions of questionnaires were delivered during this time: the Updated Health and Lifestyle Questionnaire (UHLQ) along with the Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (PANS) or the CORE questionnaire. Participants completed either UHLQ/PANS or CORE, as both contained very similar information.

Further information about the content of ATP questionnaires can be found on the Survey Information page.


Survey Completions


All ATP participants have completed one or more questionnaires, depending on when they joined ATP. The table below provides an estimate of the numbers of participants who have completed a single survey or combination of surveys, those who have provided a blood sample, and those diagnosed with cancer.

Further information and variable types available from each questionnaire can be found in Survey Information. ATP surveys can be found here.

For more specific numbers relevant to your own research question, please contact us at ATP.Research@ahs.ca.


Last Updated: 15/03/2019

Survey Type Completed Survey(s) Completed Survey(s) and Provided Blood Sample Completed Survey(s) and Diagnosed With Cancer Completed Survey(s), Provided Blood Sample and then Diagnosed With Cancer Completed Survey(s), Diagnosed With Cancer and provided a post-diagnosis sample Completed Survey(s), Diagnosed With Cancer and provided both a pre-diagnosis and post-diagnosis sample
HLQ 31,211 9,648 2,908 518 231 128
HLQ, CDHQ-I and PYTPAQ3 26,890 9,308 2,553 503 220 119
HLQ and Survey 20044 9,693 3,164 992 168 89 42
HLQ and Survey 20084 20,799 8,424 1,515 464 207 115
HLQ, Survey 2004 and Survey 2008 7,430 2,904 557 160 85 41
UHLQ/PANS or CORE 39,419 28,388 884 509 416 285
HLQ and UHLQ/PANS or CORE 15,693 9,478 884 509 231 128
Survey 2008 and UHLQ/PANS or CORE 13,950 8,357 801 462 207 115
HLQ, Survey 2008 and UHLQ/PANS or CORE 13,949 8,356 801 462 207 115


Summary of Cancers Diagnosed in Alberta’s Tomorrow Project Participants



Last Updated: 15/03/2019

Cancer Type Total Male Female Participants recruited 2000-2008 Participants recruited 2009-2015 Participants who provided a blood sample and then were diagnosed with cancer Participants who were diagnosed with cancer and then donated a sample1
All other (excluding NMSC) ² 204 84 120 140 64 84 12
Bladder 64 51 13 58 6 18 < 5
Brain 57 29 28 38 19 27 < 5
Breast 782 < 5 783 582 202 257 225
Bronchus/Lung 306 119 187 264 42 75 19
Cervix Uteri 18 0 18 12 6 5 < 5
Colon 245 109 136 196 49 71 20
Connective, Subcutaneous & Other Soft Tissues 25 14 11 16 9 9 < 5
Endometrium 194 0 194 150 44 60 17
Esophagus 29 24 5 26 < 5 6 < 5
Gallbladder 14 5 9 11 < 5 < 5 < 5
Kidney 77 40 37 59 18 24 12
Leukemia 141 75 66 116 25 45 < 5
Liver & Intrahepatic Bile Ducts 36 21 15 30 6 8 0
Melanoma of Skin 185 84 101 128 56 68 < 5
Multiple Myeloma & Plasmacytoma 51 21 30 41 10 20 < 5
Nonhodgkin Lymphoma 156 80 76 119 37 51 < 5
Other Hematopoietic & Reticuloendothelial 59 19 40 48 11 21 0
Ovary 54 0 54 43 11 19 14
Pancreas 84 37 47 72 12 14 < 5
Prostate Gland 655 655 0 507 148 225 46
Rectosigmoid Junction 34 15 19 26 8 11 6
Rectum 92 49 43 77 15 20 9
Small Intestine 22 12 10 20 < 5 < 5 < 5
Stomach 38 27 11 32 6 9 0
Testis 10 10 0 7 < 5 < 5 < 5
Thyroid Gland 101 21 80 71 30 35 6
Unknown Primary 26 11 15 24 < 5 < 5 0