Cancer Care Ontario has released a new report, Burden of Cancer Caused by Infections in Ontario, which estimates the number of cancer cases diagnosed in Ontario that are caused by infection with certain cancer causing agents. This information can be used to plan Ontario-specific cancer prevention programs and policies and help to prioritize areas for future prevention efforts.
This report describes the distribution of cancers associated with bacteria, parasites and viruses in Ontario. The report also quantifies the burden of cancer associated with these infections, and describes efforts and opportunities to prevent cancers associated with infections.
- Approximately 3,100 (plausible range 2,443 to 3,591) new cancer cases diagnosed in Ontario in 2013 – roughly four percent of all new cases – were due to human papillomavirus, Helicobacter pylori, hepatitis C virus, Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis B virus, human herpesvirus 8 and human T-cell lymphotropic virus, type 1.
- The majority of cancer cases caused by infections are due to human papillomavirus, Helicobacter pylori, hepatitis C virus or hepatitis B virus.
Cancers caused by these four infections can mostly be prevented. Steps can be taken to improve current prevention strategies and reduce the burden of these cancers. This report aims to inform Ontario-specific cancer prevention programs and policies, and helps prioritize areas for future prevention efforts.
Read the report at https://www.cancercareontario.ca/en/statistical-reports/cancer-risk-fact....
For more information about this report, please email PopulationHealth@cancercare.on.ca.