New Online Tool Helps Ontarians Lower Their Risk of Cancer
As many as half of all cancers in Ontario could be prevented by eliminating known risk factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, poor diet and lack of physical activity.
Ontarians now have a new way to take action to improve their overall health,with the help of My CancerIQ, created by Cancer Care Ontario in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. My CancerIQ is an online personalized cancer risk assessment tool designed to empower Ontarians to be more proactive about their health and to learn about their individual cancer risk and how they can reduce it.
Completing a risk assessment will:
- Educate people about cancer, cancer screening, their own cancer risk and ways to reduce that risk
- Encourage people to talk with their health care providers about cancer prevention and screening
- Provide people with a health action plan that connects them to resources to help make healthy behaviour changes
My CancerIQ personalized risk reports and health action plans can be saved, printed and emailed and the results can be discussed with a health care provider. My CancerIQ can be accessed from a smartphone, tablet or desktop at MyCancerIQ.ca.
Cancer rates in Ontario
Cancer Care Ontario runs provincial screening programs for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer. Regular screening are an important way to identify issues earlier, when there are more options for treatment and outcomes are better.
In 2014, breast cancer was the most frequently diagnosed cancer in Ontario women.
- Breast cancer will affect one in nine women in Ontario.
- In 2014, an estimated 9,500 Ontario women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 1,950 died from the disease.
Cervical cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer for Ontario women ages 20 to 44.
- In 2014 about 630 women were diagnosed with cancer of the cervix and about 150 women died from this disease in Ontario.
Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second most common cause of cancer deaths overall in Ontario
- In 2014, an estimated 8,900 Ontarians (about 4,900 men and 4,000 women) were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and approximately 3,400 Ontarians (1,900 men and 1,500 women) died from it.
Lung cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in Ontario and the most common cause of cancer-related death. Lung cancer is also largely preventable.