Canadian Cancer Society releases new national strategy for improving cancer data collection – CTV

July 18, 2023

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) has released a new strategy for collecting data on cancer in Canada, one that they hope will address serious gaps.

It’s the first national health strategy to focus on cancer-specific challenges, according to a press release from CCS, who worked with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer to create the strategy.

The goal is to enhance the collection of data on cancer in Canada in order to better inform policies around health care for cancer patients across the country.

“Data provides critical information that helps focus cancer research, shape the delivery of cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and services, and inform policies that affect the health of people in Canada,” Dr. Stuart Edmonds, executive vice president of mission, research and advocacy at CCS, said in the release. “Given the tremendous impact data has on cancer care experiences and outcomes for people facing the disease, we embedded patient and caregiver perspectives throughout the strategy.”

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