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 3,743 772 231 128
HLQ, CDHQ-I and PYTPAQ3 26,890 9,308 3,290 752 220 119
HLQ and Survey 20044 9,693 3,164 1,265 254 89 42
HLQ and Survey 20084 20,799 8,424 2,072 680 207 115
HLQ, Survey 2004 and Survey 2008 7,430 2,904 767 236 85 41
UHLQ/PANS or CORE 39,418 28,387 1,322 754 416 285
HLQ and UHLQ/PANS or CORE 15,693 9,478 1,322 754 231 128
Survey 2008 and UHLQ/PANS or CORE 13,950 8,357 1,187 675 207 115
HLQ, Survey 2008 and UHLQ/PANS or CORE 13,949 8,356 1,187 675 207 115


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) ² 289 122 167 191 98 127 12
Bladder 93 70 23 77 16 34 < 5
Brain 77 38 39 50 27 35 < 5
Breast 1,080 < 5 1,081 743 340 422 225
Bronchus/Lung 446 163 283 364 82 132 19
Cervix Uteri 22 0 22 13 9 9 < 5
Colon 321 143 178 248 73 107 20
Connective, Subcutaneous & Other Soft Tissues 32 17 15 21 11 14 < 5
Endometrium 252 0 252 181 71 95 17
Esophagus 40 31 9 34 6 11 < 5
Gallbladder 19 7 12 13 6 7 < 5
Kidney 114 56 58 82 32 47 12
Leukemia 170 93 77 139 31 55 < 5
Liver & Intrahepatic Bile Ducts 57 31 26 44 13 13 0
Melanoma of Skin 277 116 161 170 106 130 < 5
Multiple Myeloma & Plasmacytoma 66 27 39 51 15 27 < 5
Nonhodgkin Lymphoma 210 104 106 151 59 74 < 5
Other Hematopoietic & Reticuloendothelial 93 32 61 71 22 39 0
Ovary 65 0 65 48 17 24 14
Pancreas 120 56 64 95 25 35 < 5
Prostate Gland 876 876 0 647 229 335 46
Rectosigmoid Junction 33 14 19 25 8 11 6
Rectum 123 63 60 96 27 36 9
Small Intestine 30 17 13 27 < 5 9 < 5
Stomach 61 43 18 49 12 18 0
Testis 11 11 0 7 < 5 < 5 < 5
Thyroid Gland 132 26 106 85 47 48 6
Unknown Primary 35 17 18 30 5 8 0