Ottawa cancer rates highest in Ontario

Ottawa has the highest cancer rates in all of Ontario, according to a local health report, but also has the best cancer survival rates.

City also boasts best cancer survival rates in the province

Cancer rates high in Ottawa

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Ottawa has the highest cancer rates in all of Ontario but also boasts the best cancer survival rates in the province, according to a local health status report.

Cancer diagnoses in Ottawa, 2007TotalMF
All cancers (combined)3,8901,9241,966
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma1739875
Body of uterus116NA116
Statistics courtesy: Cancer Care Ontario

The findings of Cancer in Ottawa 2012 come from 2007 statistics, the latest available from Cancer Care Ontario, which also show new cancer cases and total cancer deaths in Ottawa have increased since the mid-1980s. The average survival rate has increased, however.

The report also shows the four most common cancers diagnosed in the city — female breast, lung, prostate and colorectal cancer — are not unlike most other areas. But Ottawa does have a lower rate of both prostate and cervical cancer diagnoses than the rest of Ontario.

For men, the most common cancers were prostate, colorectal, lung and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The most deadly of male cancers were lung, colorectal, prostate and pancreatic cancers.

For women, cancer was most prevalent in the breast, lung, colon and body of the uterus. The most deadly were lung, breast, colorectal and pancreatic cancers.

Overall, survival rates have increased in the city between five-year periods of 1993-1997 and 2003-2007.

The data is about five years old so the report warns the information "may not be a truly representative picture of the current burden of cancer in Ottawa."

You can read the full report here, which will be presented to the Ottawa Board of Health on Jan. 16.