Infections are an emerging area of cancer prevention. In this session, we will share the findings from Cancer Care Ontario’s report, Burden of Cancer Caused by Infections in Ontario, including the epidemiology of cancers associated with infectious agents, quantification of the cancer burden attributable to infections, and opportunities for cancer prevention.
Estimates of attributable-cancer burden were calculated for cancer causing infections found in Ontario. In 2013, approximately 3,100 new cancers, or about 4 percent of all new cancers in Ontario, were attributed to infections. In this presentation, we will also discuss strategies to reduce the cancer burden in Ontario, including focusing prevention efforts on human papillomavirus, Helicobacter pylori, hepatitis C virus and hepatitis B virus.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the epidemiology of cancers associated with infections and the burden of cancer attributable to infections in Ontario
2. Describe the epidemiology of the cancers associated with infections and the burden of cancer attributable to infections in Ontario
3. Identify prevention opportunities to reduce the cancer burden attributable to infections
Presenters: Victoria Nadalin & Mohammad Haque
Victoria Nadalin, M.A., is a Senior Research Associate in Population Health and Prevention at Cancer Care Ontario. She has expertise in the development, implementation and knowledge translation of cancer-focused research projects. In addition to this report, she is working on projects related to adolescent tanning behaviour in Canadian provinces and a manuscript on the evaluation of CCO’s MyCancer IQ online cancer risk assessment tool.
Mohammad Haque, M.P.H., is Research Associate in Population Health and Prevention at Cancer Care Ontario. He has expertise in epidemiology, data collection and analysis. In addition to this report, Mohammad leads the data collection, analysis and reporting of CCO’s Smoking Cessation Program in the Regional Cancer Centres, and has helped develop CCO’s MyCancer IQ online cancer risk assessment tool.
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