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1 Cancer in the Northwest Territories ( ) Highlights from the Northwest Territories Cancer Report March 2014

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4 111 new cases of cancer every year (incidence) Overall risk for NWT same as Canada Aging – reason for upward trend Cancer Incidence

5 25% of all deaths due to cancer 45 cancer deaths every year Decreasing trend Cancer Mortality

6 Incidence & Mortality by Gender NWT Male Incidence (n=566)Male Mortality (n=240) Under EMBARGO until March 2014

7 Incidence & Mortality by Gender NWT Female Incidence (n=541)Female Mortality (n=210) Under EMBARGO until March 2014

8 Cancer Incidence by Type Colorectal cancer higher in males and females Prostate cancer lower in the NWT

9 Cancer Mortality by Type Colorectal mortality higher in NWT males & females Lung cancer mortality higher in NWT females

10 Cancer Incidence by Ethnicity No difference in incidence by ethnicity for all cancers combined Colorectal cancer higher in Dene vs. non-Aboriginal people Prostate cancer higher in non-Aboriginal vs. Aboriginal people * There were too few cancer cases among Inuit & Métis people for analysis by cancer type

11 Cancer Mortality by Ethnicity Cancer mortality in Dene people is higher than non-Aboriginal people Inuit & Métis people mortality rate is prone to variability

12 Cancer Stage at Detection Screening = earlier detection = better survival rate

13 Cancer Screening: Colorectal, Breast & Cervical

14 Lung Cancer #1 cause of cancer deaths in NWT and Canada 25% of cancer deaths due to lung cancer NWT mortality in females higher than Canada 70% detected late (Stage 3 or 4) Most preventable cancer – Smoking is the biggest risk factor NWT smoking rates more than double Canadian rates

15 Colorectal Cancer 20% of new cancer diagnoses (Rank #2) 2 nd leading cause of cancer deaths NWT incidence & mortality almost double rate for Canada 50% detected late (Stage 3 or 4) Only 20% get FIT tested Prevent with high-fibre diet

16 Breast Cancer 33% of new cancer diagnoses in females (Rank #1) 2 nd leading cause of cancer deaths in NWT females NWT similar rates as Canada 78% detected early (Stage 1 or 2) 55% participation in screening program Screening: every 2 years for aged 50-69

17 Prostate Cancer 22% of new cancer diagnoses (Rank #1) 3 rd leading cause of cancer deaths NWT incidence lower than Canada 61% detected late (Stage 1 or 2) Screening program not indicated at present

18 Key Messages Incidence: increasing trend due to aging Mortality: decreasing trend Most frequent cancer types: – Colorectal, lung, breast & prostate – Colorectal incidence & mortality higher compared to Canada Colorectal screening rates are very low – Lung mortality in females higher than Canada Reduce lung & colorectal cancer risk: – Quit smoking – Healthy diet – Active lifestyle – Limit alcohol consumption – Healthy weight

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