TORONTO, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - A new international study shows that, among 12
jurisdictions across six countries, Ontario is one of the top
performers in cancer survival rates.
"These results are very encouraging. They confirm that the cancer
control strategies Ontario has put in place for early screening, timely
diagnosis and improved access to care are resulting in improved
survival rates for the most common types of cancer," said Terrence
Sullivan, president and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario.
The study by the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership (ICBP) is
the first international partnership of clinicians, academics and policy
makers, trying to understand how and why cancer survival varies between
countries and health jurisdictions.
Partner countries have similar wealth, access to universal health care
and longstanding, high-quality, population-based cancer registries.
The six countries in the study are: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway,
Sweden and the United Kingdom. In Canada, in addition to Ontario,
Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba are participating in the Study.
For colorectal cancer survival, Ontario ranked first in Canada and third
among all 12 health jurisdictions; for lung and ovarian cancers,
Ontario ranked second overall.
Ontario contributed the second largest number of cases to the study
after England, and rated near the top for five-year survival after
diagnosis for the four types of cancer studied: colorectal, lung,
ovarian and breast.
"While we are happy with these results, there is much more to be done.
Since 2005, the Ontario Cancer Plan has provided a roadmap to improve
cancer services and the 2011-2015 Plan continues this progress with the
goal of creating the best cancer system in the world," said Terrence
This initial study will be followed by four separate areas of research
that will examine different aspects of cancer survival to study
possible reasons for differences between ICBP partners.
In total the Partnership will examine: Epidemiology (just released);
Population awareness and beliefs; Beliefs, behaviours and systems in
primary care; Root cause of diagnosis and treatment delays; and
Treatment, co-morbidities and other factors.
Cancer Care Ontario continually improves cancer services so that fewer
people get cancer and patients receive better care.
Read more about the 2011-2015 Ontario Cancer Plan: http://ocp.cancercare.on.ca
Read more about the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership: http://press.thelancet.com/cancersurvivalicbp.pdf
SOURCE Cancer Care Ontario
For further information: For further information:
Elizabeth McCarthy, Senior Advisor, Public Affairs
Cancer Care Ontario
416-971-9800 x 3339