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This session will focus on two surveillance and research reports from Cancer Care Ontario and their implications for public health, describing methods used and key findings.
Ontario Cancer Statistics (OCS) 2018 describes the changing burden of cancer in Ontario, including detailed statistics at the public health unit level. Reporting on over 30 years of data, this report focuses on the incidence, mortality, survival and prevalence of 23 of the most common cancers in Ontario. This session will identify changes and trends over time in the burden of cancer at local and provincial levels in order to further the cancer prevention and control efforts of the public health community. This presentation will provide an overview of key findings from the report, including a brief discussion of the methods used and what the results might mean for public health professionals.
In addition to the OCS 2018 report, the Cancer Risk Factors Atlas of Ontario provides data that can help inform approaches to cancer surveillance and prevention efforts. It describes the geographic distribution of six modifiable risk factors at the census dissemination area level. Using existing data from the Canadian Community Health Survey, these prevalence estimates were generated using novel, advanced spatial analysis techniques. This presentation will explain the aim of the atlas and the methods to produce the estimates, as well as briefly discuss the utility of the atlas for additional investigation and research by the public health community.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Explain the changing burden of cancer in Ontario
2. Describe geographic variations in modifiable risk factors for cancer and chronic disease in Ontario
3. Describe the statistical modeling approach used to estimate the small area prevalence of behavioural risk factors for cancer
4. List sources of cancer surveillance information available through Cancer Care Ontario
Presenters: Todd Norwood, Laura Seliske and Tanya Navaneelan
Todd Norwood is a Staff Scientist in the Surveillance Research Unit at Cancer Care Ontario. His work focuses on small area estimation of cancer burden, risk factors and social determinants of health.
Tanya Navaneelan is an epidemiology research associate at Cancer Care Ontario where she focuses on cancer surveillance.
Laura Seliske is a Research Associate in the Surveillance Research unit at Cancer Care Ontario. Her work focuses on small area analyses of cancer and its behavioural and sociodemographic risk factors.
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