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Statistical Reports

Cancer in the Métis People of Ontario: Risk Factors and Screening Behaviours

Jul 2015
Data Type: Risk Factors
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We have partnered with the Métis Nation of Ontario to publish Cancer in the Métis People of Ontario: Risk Factors and Screening Behaviours. This report addresses the lack of Métis-specific health data in Ontario and enhances our knowledge of the cancer risk factors affecting this at-risk population.

Cancer risk is significantly higher within the Métis population than in the general population of Ontario and disparities continue to exist.

Highlights of the Report

  • Identifies key factors that affect cancer risk in the Métis population in Ontario including: tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, healthy eating, body weight, active living and cancer screening
  • Recommends ways to drive measurable improvements in the health and wellbeing of Métis people in Ontario
  • Demonstrates that the Métis people would benefit from interventions that educate and raise awareness of the broader risk factors for cancer, especially those related to smoking, as well as culturally appropriate programming to support and encourage healthy behaviour and lifestyle changes to reduce cancer risk

We have aligned this report with our Aboriginal Cancer Strategy, which highlights research and surveillance as a strategic priority. This new research will provide Métis people with effective prevention strategies to reduce their cancer risk and will also help inform evidence-based programs.