Zeinab El-Masri, MPH, Knowledge Dissemination & Evaluation Specialist, Surveillance and Ontario Cancer Registry
Cancer Care Ontario is excited to announce the recent launch of Ontario Cancer Profiles, a self-serve, interactive mapping tool that gives instant access to recent, customizable provincial and regional Ontario cancer statistics on cancer burden, risk factors, social determinants of health and screening indicators.
This launch marks the release of the first public tool of its kind by a cancer agency in Canada. Ontario Cancer Profiles was inspired by similar tools produced by other organizations, such as the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s Global Cancer Atlas and the US National Cancer Institute’s State Cancer Profiles.
The release of Ontario Cancer Profiles is being phased, whereby the current version—a dashboard style tool built by leveraging existing technology—will allow Cancer Care Ontario to identify additional user data needs and application enhancements. This information will be used to inform the approach for the second phase, which is intended to provide more comprehensive statistics and a refined user interface.
Cancer Care Ontario produces various knowledge products and tools to disseminate cancer surveillance, population health, and cancer screening information to its partners and stakeholders. Ontario Cancer Profiles is an important addition to the current suite of offerings, as it enables instant and open access to data through a one-stop shop for population-level, cancer-related statistics. The information in this tool will enable stakeholders and partners to explore health equity measures as they relate to cancer incidence, mortality, screening, modifiable risk factors and social determinants of health to support targeted cancer control and prevention efforts in the province.
About Cancer Care Ontario
CCO is the Ontario government’s principal advisor on the cancer and kidney care systems, as well as on access to care for key health services. Encompassing Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Renal Network, CCO drives continuous improvement in disease prevention and screening, the delivery of care and the patient experience for chronic diseases. It provides tools, resources and evidence-based information to help its healthcare partners improve the delivery of care.
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and may not represent the official positions of NAACCR.