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Cancer in First Nations People in Ontario

We have partnered with the Chiefs of Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences to develop and publish Cancer in First Nations People in Ontario: Incidence, Mortality, Survival and Prevalence.

This report is being developed and published chapter by chapter over the next few months. The Introduction and Overview chapter contains a summary of statistics on all cancer types as well as detailed information about the background and methodology of the report.

The remaining chapters are organized by cancer type, starting with the 5 most common cancers diagnosed in First Nations people: lung, colorectal, female breast, prostate and kidney cancer. As each chapter is completed it will be added to this page. Be sure to check back regularly for updates.

Highlights of the Report

  • A comprehensive look at cancers diagnosed in First Nations people
  • Overview of the risk factors and symptoms for each cancer type
  • Comparison of rates between First Nations people and other people in Ontario, with information on what the statistics could mean for policies and programs

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I sit waiting, with others who wait
Younger, older, some just babies

All are represented, there is no discrimination
Many fighting back tears, trying to be strong for their loved ones

Trying to smile as their heart quietly breaks
Their pillows silent and sole witness, as the grief overcomes them in the dark

They watch their loves at night
Not knowing, what the future holds

If I am gone who will care for them
Who will love them, wipe their eyes, dry their tears, who will comfort them

The dawn breaks and it is time to begin again
To smile and laugh, to pretend and hope

To come to this room
Or a room, somewhere else, very much like this one

Resigned to the diagnosis
Yes, we all have it, we all know it

We will all fight, many of us will win
Still, some of us will not

For the winners life will go on, and we will see hope in every sunrise
We will have won, but we will always fear the unknown, what if it is not done

For the others, the sunrises and sunsets will be few
And loved ones left behind must find a way to cope, or at least live

For now, we all sit here as survivors, we all have hope
It is the one thing we cling hardest too

We come into this world crying but with hope, we leave it quietly but with hope
And we travel the road of life with hope

-Chief R. Stacey Laforme

Last modified: Tue, Oct 24, 2017
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