First Nations in B.C. face lower cancer survival rates than non-First Nations – CBC

Sep 26, 2017

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Indigenous people in British Columbia showed an overall lower rate of most cancers but were also more likely to die if they did have the disease, according to a new study from the B.C. Cancer Agency.

The agency partnered with the First Nations Health Authority to compare cancer development and survival rates between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who were diagnosed with cancers between 1993 and 2010.

Poorer survival rates for Indigenous people were observed in 10 of 15 cancer types examined in women and 10 of 12 cancer sites examined in men.

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