Cancer patients in Ontario have the best chances of surviving

The results show that changes in cancer care in Ontario are making a difference. Recent changes include:
  • Redevelopment and expansion of nine regional cancer centres. 
  • Canada’s first organized province-wide colorectal cancer screening program.
  • Free vaccine to protect young females against the human papillomavirus (HPV), the major cause of cervical cancer.
  • Expansion of the provincial breast cancer screening program by funding an additional 248,800 screens and adding 52 new breast cancer screening sites in Ontario since 2003/04, for a total of 152.
The study, published in the Lancet, looked at survival rates for four cancers – lung, breast, colorectal and ovarian in six countries.

For colorectal cancer survival, Ontario ranked first from Canada and third among 12-health jurisdictions across six countries.  For lung and ovarian cancers, Ontario ranked second overall.

The six countries in the study are: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

In Canada, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba participated in the study.

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