Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in Ontario. Four risk factors (unhealthy eating, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol, and tobacco use) are major contributors to the burden of chronic diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes. In addressing chronic diseases and their risk factors, public health must consider health equity and the socio-ecological context.
Injury prevention is an important public health as preventable injuries from falls, motor vehicle collisions, alcohol and substance misuse, drowning, pedestrian injuries, poisoning and burns are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among children and youth.
Public Health Ontario supports the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's comprehensive opioid strategy and public health units to respond to opioid-related harms.
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Taking Action to Prevent Chronic Disease
Public Health Ontario partnered with Cancer Care Ontario to address the burden of chronic disease in Ontario, releasing Taking Action to Prevent Chronic Disease in March 2012.
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Environmental Burden of Cancer in Ontario
This report sheds light on the impact of environmental carcinogens by calculating, for the first time, the annual environmental burden of cancer in Ontario.
See a listing of all products related to chronic diseases and injuries