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: 19/02/2020

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 3,350 648 231 128
HLQ, CDHQ-I and PYTPAQ3 26,890 9,308 2,951 633 220 119
HLQ and Survey 20044 9,693 3,164 1,148 215 89 42
HLQ and Survey 20084 20,799 8,424 1,805 576 207 115
HLQ, Survey 2004 and Survey 2008 7,430 2,904 669 201 85 41
UHLQ/PANS or CORE 39,419 28,388 1,119 634 416 285
HLQ and UHLQ/PANS or CORE 15,693 9,478 1,119 634 231 128
Survey 2008 and UHLQ/PANS or CORE 13,950 8,357 1,008 571 207 115
HLQ, Survey 2008 and UHLQ/PANS or CORE 13,949 8,356 1,008 571 207 115


Summary of Cancers Diagnosed in Alberta’s Tomorrow Project Participants



Last Updated: 19/02/2020

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) ² 249 109 140 165 84 110 12
Bladder 75 57 18 63 12 23 < 5
Brain 67 35 32 44 23 32 < 5
Breast 937 0 937 667 271 337 225
Bronchus/Lung 372 136 236 315 57 100 19
Cervix Uteri 20 0 20 13 7 7 < 5
Colon 286 129 157 225 61 89 20
Connective, Subcutaneous & Other Soft Tissues 28 17 11 18 10 12 < 5
Endometrium 232 0 232 169 63 82 17
Esophagus 34 28 6 29 5 6 < 5
Gallbladder 17 7 10 12 5 5 < 5
Kidney 96 47 49 74 22 32 12
Leukemia 159 86 73 129 30 50 < 5
Liver & Intrahepatic Bile Ducts 45 26 19 39 6 11 0
Melanoma of Skin 240 104 136 154 85 103 < 5
Multiple Myeloma & Plasmacytoma 59 26 33 45 14 24 < 5
Nonhodgkin Lymphoma 185 95 90 139 46 64 < 5
Other Hematopoietic & Reticuloendothelial 74 24 50 58 16 28 0
Ovary 58 0 58 45 13 20 14
Pancreas 100 46 54 82 18 25 < 5
Prostate Gland 772 772 0 576 196 287 46
Rectosigmoid Junction 32 13 19 25 7 10 6
Rectum 114 58 56 91 23 30 9
Small Intestine 26 13 13 24 < 5 6 < 5
Stomach 51 34 17 42 9 13 0
Testis 10 10 0 7 < 5 < 5 < 5
Thyroid Gland 120 26 94 82 38 42 6
Unknown Primary 31 16 15 25 6 8 0