Wait times for cancer care in Windsor are lower than the provincial average, according to the the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario.

The council released its annual Cancer System Quality Index Report on Tuesday.

The report measures 33 key indicators of cancer care.

The report found the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network:

  • Has wait times for cancer surgery are lower than the provincial average
  • Has wait times for radiation and chemotherapy treatments and consultations are lower than the provincial average
  • Has more patients in this region who say doctors discussed their symptoms with them than anywhere else in the province
  • Has the best breast cancer screening rates in the province

“These are some very positive results, but there is still more to do,” Erie-St. Clair LHIN regional vice president of cancer services Claudia den Boer Grima said in a media release. "Additional effort is needed for certain prevention, screening and survivorship programs.

"We have already identified those areas of concern and have been working to address them through successful programs we have recently launched.”

The report found the local LHIN lags behind the provincial average in colon and cervical cancer screening.

“We continue to push the importance of screening, which gives us a better chance of detecting, diagnosing and treating cancer early. This is a very important component in cancer survival,” den Boer Grima said.

The report also found the risk of developing certain types of cancers in the Windsor Region is higher than the Ontario average.

Windsor-area residents smoke more, drink more, exercise less, eat less fruits and veggies and are more overweight than the average Ontarian.

"All of these are ‘modifiable risk factors’ that are linked to cancer," Windsor Regional Hospital Cancer Program spokesperson Cathy Mombourquette wrote in an email.