Why was the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control (the Strategy) created?
The Strategy was developed to create efficiencies across provincial and territorial health systems struggling to manage a complex disease with more than 200 types, many risk factors, and continually advancing diagnostic technologies and treatments.
Why does Canada’s Strategy need to be modernized?
Canadians have new and emerging challenges with an aging population increasing demands on health services, increasing health care costs and inequities for underserved and underrepresented populations. Advances in medicine and technology affect every aspect of cancer care and while they offer new hope to cancer patients, they are often expensive. We want to build on our accomplishments, reflect on existing gaps and make necessary adjustments to ensure that all Canadians can benefit equally from prevention and cancer care over the course of the next decade.
Why is this happening now?
The Strategy was launched almost 12 years ago. As such, the Minister of Health called for modernizing the Strategy so that it remains adaptive to and reflective of changes in technology and innovation, population demographics, the economy and the political climate.
Why is the Partnership leading the Strategy modernization?
The Partnership has been asked by the Federal Government to coordinate the development of a modernized Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control by supporting open consultations, both in-person and online, from coast-to-coast-to-coast. The Partnership is the steward of the national cancer strategy, drafted in 2006, which is undergoing this consultation and modernization activity.
When and how can I see the updated Strategy?
The modernized Strategy will be made available online once we receive direction from the Minister of Health. We can send you an email alert when it becomes public, if you sign up here.
When will the modernized Strategy be put into action?
Once the consultation process is complete, a recommendation will be developed and presented to the Minister of Health in May 2019.