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Cancer Risk Factors & Screening Among Inuit in Ontario and Other Canadian Regions

Sep 2017
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We have partnered with Tungasuvvingat Inuit to develop and publish Cancer Risk Factors and Screening among Inuit in Ontario and Other Canadian Regions. This report is in response to the limited information on cancer burden among Inuit living in Ontario and other sub-Arctic regions of Canada.

Highlights of the Report

  • Provides estimates of cancer risk and screening participation among Inuit living both in and outside Inuit Nunangat (the traditional Inuit homeland) and in Ontario specifically (where sample size permits).
  • Provides two companion materials created to bring attention to Inuit-specific determinants of health: a timeline depicting several key historical and contemporary events and an Inuit Nunangat medical travel map that shows where primary care and specialized care services are located.
  • Calls for more Inuit-specific health data for tracking and monitoring cancer rates and outcomes, improving the understanding of key health determinants and assessing the impacts of interventions designed to reduce risk and disease rates in the growing Inuit population outside Inuit Nunangat.

This report is aligned with our third Aboriginal Cancer Strategy, which highlights research and surveillance as key priorities. This research provides evidence that will help Inuit improve their health status and improve security in accessing the health system where they live.