Supplementary SK Progress Test

This page provides data visualizations related to the priorities for Canada’s cancer system, as well as accessible descriptions.

Download data tables for all indicators.


Priority 1 Action 1: Help people to stop smoking or not start in the first place and live healthier lives

Topic: Keeping people smoke-free
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in SK (aged ≥ 12) classified as daily or occasional smokers in 2020
Caveats/limitations:

  • This indicator was reported using the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). Overall smoking rates are reported using 2020 data.
  • Individuals who did not respond to the required CCHS questions regarding smoking status were not included in the analysis.

16.0% for Saskatchewan, and 12.9% for Canada
Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey


Topic: Keeping people smoke-free
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in SK (aged ≥ 18) classified as daily or occasional smokers in 2019, by household income quintile and sex
Lowest male quintile is 26.5%, female is 19.6%. Upper male quintile is 8.4%, female is 14.8%. Table to follow.
Title of table: Percentage of individuals in SK (aged ≥ 18) classified as daily or occasional smokers in 2019, by household income quintile and sex

Sex Quintile 1 Quintile 2 Quintile 3 Quintile 4 Quintile 5
Male 26.5% 24.8% 17.8% 14% 8.4%
Female 19.6% 18.1% 27.6% 14.8% 14.8%

Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey


Topic: Keeping people smoke-free
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in SK (aged ≥ 18) classified as daily or occasional smokers in 2019, by highest level of education
Less than secondary school: females: 19.5%; males: 40.5%. Graduation, no post-secondary education: females: 22.6%; males: 14.6%. University degree: females: 14.1%; males: 15.0%
Title of table: Percentage of individuals in SK (aged ≥ 18) classified as daily or occasional smokers in 2019, by highest level of education

Sex Less than secondary school graduation  Secondary school graduation, no post-secondary education Post secondary certificate/diploma or university degree
Male 19.5% 22.6% 14.1%
Female 40.5 14.6% 15%

Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey



Topic: Maintaining healthy body weight
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in SK (aged ≥ 18) classified as overweight or obese in 2019
Caveats/limitations:

  • This indicator was reported using the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) and is based on self-reported data. Overall obesity and overweight percentages are reported using 2019 data. Percentages by income quintile and/or sex are reported using 2017-2018 data.
  • Individuals who did not respond to the required CCHS questions to derive the BMI classifications were not included in the analysis.

72.7% for Saskatchewan, and 65.9% for Canada
Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey


Topic: Maintaining healthy body weight
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in SK (aged ≥ 18) classified as overweight or obese in 2017-2018, by income quintile and sex
Lowest male quintile is 64%, female is 69.8%. Upper male quintile is 67.7%, female is 82.4%. Table to follow.
Title of table: Percentage of individuals in SK (aged ≥ 18) classified as overweight or obese in 2017-2018, by income quintile and sex

Sex Quintile 1 Quintile 2 Quintile 3 Quintile 4 Quintile 5
Male 64% 67.8% 67.8% 64.7% 67.7%
Female 69.8% 75.6% 75.8% 82.9% 82.4%

Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey


Topic: Maintaining healthy body weight
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in SK (aged ≥ 18) classified as overweight or obese in 2017-2018, by sex
78.7% for males, and 66.4% for females
Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey


Priority 1 Action 2: Adopt proven practices known to reduce the risk of cancer

Topic: Increasing HPV vaccination
Title of image: Percentage of female Grade 6 students in SK who received final dose of HPV vaccination in the 2017 school year
Caveats/limitations: HPV vaccination rates for male Grade 6 students were not available.
69.1% for females
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Priority 2 Action 1: Prioritize rapid access to appropriate diagnosis for those suspected of having cancer

Topic: Reducing wait for diagnosis
Title of image: Time (in days) from last read date to diagnosis of breast cancer in 2019
Caveats/limitations: Includes only those who were screen detected through the Screening Program for Breast Cancer.
Median: 25 days. 90th percentile: 69 days
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Topic: Reducing wait for diagnosis
Title of image: Time (in days) from last read date to diagnosis of breast cancer in 2019, by age group
Greatest number of days is between 60-69 days for the 90th precentile. Full table to follow.
Title of table: Time (in days) from last read date to diagnosis of breast cancer in 2019, by age group

Category Age 50-59 Age 60-69 Age 70-79
Median 24 28 21.5
90th percentile 48 77 53

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs



Topic: Diagnosing cancer earlier
Title of image: Proportion of stage 4 diagnosis in SK in 2018
Caveats/limitations: Actual data by stage was not available for 2018. Average stage distribution from 2013-2017 was applied to the 2018 case counts for each cancer type to estimate stage distribution in 2018.
Lung: 49.5%. Colorectal: 20.3%. Bladder: 10.5%. Melanoma: 7.4%
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Priority 2 Action 2: Strengthen existing screening efforts and implement lung cancer screening programs across the country

Topic: Increasing participation in colorectal cancer screening
Title of image: Percentage of individuals who had FIT test in past two years (2018-2019) and/or colonoscopy in the past seven years (2013-2019), by age group
Overall age 50 to 74: 59.3%. Full table to follow
Title of table: Percentage of individuals who had FIT test in past two years (2018-2019) and/or colonoscopy in the past seven years (2013-2019), by age group

Overall (Age 50-74) Age 50-54 Age 55-59 Age 60-64 Age 65-69 Age 70-74
59.3% 54.2% 49.9% 63.8% 61.5% 74.4%

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Topic: Increasing participation in colorectal cancer screening
Title of image: Percentage of individuals who had FIT test in past two years (2018-2019) and/or colonoscopy in the past seven years (2013-2019), by age group and sex
Overall age 50 to 74: males: 57.6%, female: 61.1%. Full table to follow.
Title of table: Percentage of individuals who had FIT test in past two years (2018-2019) and/or colonoscopy in the past seven years (2013-2019), by age group and sex

Sex Overall (Age 50-74) Age 50-54 Age 55-59 Age 60-64 Age 65-69 Age 70-74
Female 57.6% 51.3% 47.6% 61.9% 61.1% 74.5%
Male 61.1% 57.2% 52.2% 65.8% 61.9% 74.3%

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Priority 3 Action 2: Eliminate low-benefit practices and adopt high-value practices

Topic: Optimizing care at end of life
Title of image: Percentage of patients with cancer who died in 2019 and received an IV or subcutaneous cancer drug treatment within 14 days of death
Overall: 5.7 per cent
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Topic: Optimizing care at end of life
Title of image: Percentage of patients with cancer who died in 2019 and received an IV or subcutaneous cancer drug treatment within 14 days of death, by sex, age group, and cancer type
Data on sex, age and type to follow in table.
Title of table: Percentage of patients with cancer who died in 2019 and received an IV or subcutaneous cancer drug treatment within 14 days of death, by sex, age group, and cancer type

Male Female Age 18-59 Age 60-69 Age 70-79 Age 80+ Type: Breast Type: Colorectal Type: Hematological Type: Lung Type: Other
5.9% 5.7% 8.8% 7.9% 6.1% 1.7% 6.6% 4.4% 10.4% 9.2% 2.7%

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Topic: Optimizing care at end of life
Title of image: Type of systematic therapy within 14 days of death in 2019
Chemotherapy: 65.3%. Targeted therapy: 11.6%. Immunotherapy: 15.8%. Chemo and targeted therapy: 8.4%.
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs



Topic: Optimizing screening and appropriate follow-up
Title of image
: Percentage of people with a cervix in SK who were aged 18-24 among those who received a Pap test in 2019
Age 18 to 20: 1.1%. Age 21 to 24: 7.8%
Data source
: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Topic: Optimizing screening and appropriate follow-up
Title of image: Percentage of individuals who were aged <50 or ≥75 years among all individuals screened for breast cancer in 2019
Caveats/limitations: Individuals living in rural Saskatchewan may be invited to participate in breast screening prior to age 50, depending on the frequency of access to mammography bus services.
Less than 50 and greater than or equal to 15.6%
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Topic: Optimizing screening and appropriate follow-up
Title of image: Percentage of individuals who were aged <50 or ≥75 years among all individuals screened for breast cancer in 2019, by age group and Screening Program for Breast Cancer (SPBC) status
SPBC screens: 0.5% for age less than 50; 3.4% for age 75 and over. Non-SPBC screens: 27.9% for age less than 50; 8.6% for age 75 and over
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Priority 4 Action 1: Provide better services and care adapted to the specific needs of underserved groups

Topic: Increasing support to help patients navigate the system
Title of image: Percentage of new cancer patients who were referred to patient navigator services in 2019
Caveats/limitations: Due to various access points and timelines related to varying levels of urgency, not all patients are appropriate for New Patient Navigation services (i.e. those diagnosed in hospital or urgent/emergent new patient consultations.
Overall: 86.1%
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Topic: Increasing support to help patients navigate the system
Title of image: Percentage of new cancer patients who were referred to patient navigator services in 2019, by location and income
Caveats/limitations: Due to various access points and timelines related to varying levels of urgency, not all patients are appropriate for New Patient Navigation services (i.e. those diagnosed in hospital or urgent/emergent new patient consultations.
Location and Income quintile data. Full table to follow.
Title of table: Percentage of new cancer patients who were referred to patient navigator services in 2019, by location and income

Urban (overall) Urban – Regina Urban – Saskatoon Rural (overall) Rural – Northern Saskatchewan Quintile 1 Quintile 2 Quintile 3 Quintile 4
86.1% 88.9% 82.9% 86.1% 74% 83.3% 85.5% 86.2% 87.2% 86.9%

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Priority 4 Action 2: Ensure rural and remote communities have the resources required to better serve their people

Topic: Increasing access to virtual care
Title of image: Percentage of cancer patients from rural/remote communities using virtual health appointment for physician-led appointments in 2019
Overall 22.8%
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Topic: Increasing access to virtual care
Title of image: Percentage of cancer patients from rural/remote communities using virtual health appointment for physician-led appointments in 2019, by location
Rural: greater than 100 kilometers, 44.7%. Urban: within 100 kilometers, 7.9%.
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Topic: Increasing access to virtual care
Title of image: Percentage of cancer patients from rural/remote communities using virtual health appointment for physician-led appointments in 2019, by location and appointment type
Caveats/limitations: Note that appointment type is not mutually exclusive. A patient could have had both a telephone and telehealth appointment. Of all patients who had a virtual health appointment 15.3% had an appointment over the telephone and 88.8% had an appointment over telehealth.
Overall: telephone, 15.3%. Overall: Telahealth, 88.8%. Full table to follow.
Title of table: Percentage of cancer patients from rural/remote communities using virtual health appointment for physician-led appointments in 2019, by location and appointment type

Category Overall Rural Urban
Telephone 15.3% 7.3% 46.1%
Telehealth 88.8% 96.6% 58.9%

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs



Topic: Increasing access to supportive care services
Title of image: Percentage of patients in SK seen at the SCA accessing supportive care services in 2019
Overall 29.2%
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Topic: Increasing access to supportive care services
Title of image: Percentage of patients in SK seen at the SCA accessing supportive care services in 2019, stratified by appointment type and appointment location
Caveats/limitations:

  • Stratification by appointment type and appointment location are not mutually exclusive. For example, patients could have both a dietary and a Symptom Management and Palliative Outpatient Clinic (SMPCOC) appointment, and/or have been seen both in-person and virtually.
  • A virtual appointment could be via phone and/or telehealth.
  • Approximately 50% of the Saskatchewan population lives in Saskatoon and Regina (urban) and 50% live outside Saskatoon and Regina (rural).

Psychosocial appointments: 81.8%. In-person appointments: 78.1%. Full table to follow.
Title of table: Percentage of patients in SK seen at the SCA accessing supportive care services in 2019, stratified by appointment type and appointment location

Type: Dietary Type: Psychosocial Type: SMPCOC Location: In-person Location: Virtual Location: Phone Location: Telehealth
39.5% 81.8% 15.7% 78.1% 68.2% 67.9% 2.7%

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Topic: Increasing access to supportive care services
Title of image: Percentage of patients seen at the SCA accessing supportive care services in 2019, by age group and location
Rural 27%, and Urban 30.6%
Title of tablePercentage of patients seen at the SCA accessing supportive care services in 2019, by age group and location

Age 19-29 Age 30-39 Age 40-49 Age 50-59 Age 60-69 Age 70-79 Location: Rural Location: Urban
31.8% 35.3% 39.0% 34.6% 31.1% 25.3% 22.1% 27.0% 30.6%

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Priority 4 Action 3: Ensure care can be delivered between provinces, territories and federal jurisdictions when needed

Topic: Improving access to timely care for people who need to travel between jurisdictions
Title of image: Average wait time (in days) for patients with cancer who require cancer treatment outside of their home jurisdiction in 2019
Caveats/limitations:

  • If the patient was approved for multiple treatments, the wait time was based on approval to first treatment.
  • Wait times for patients requiring procedure or treatment outside the province may require measurement of the timelines at different levels. These may include from request of procedure or treatment to approval from SCA, time of approval by the ministry, appointment for procedure or treatment by the facility outside the province. These may have to be taken in account when considering treatment or procedure which could be done within the province.

Median: 40 days. Mean: 69 days. 90th percentile: 179 days.
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Priority 5 Action 1: Integrate the full spectrum of information and support services to ensure people are fully supported throughout the cancer experience

Topic: Improving access to shared medical records
Title of image: Percentage of healthcare professionals with direct access to cancer patient information in 2019
Overall: 27.1%
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Topic: Improving access to shared medical records
Title of image: Percentage of healthcare professionals with direct access to cancer patient information in 2019, by healthcare professional

Physician: 59.1. Nurse Practioner: 62.3%. Registered Nurse: 18.6%. Licensed particle nurse: 9.7%. Pharmacist: 70.4%.

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Priority 5 Action 2: Address the limited and unequal access to palliative and end-of-life care across Canada

Topic: Improving access to quality end-of-life care
Title of image: Cumulative length of stay for cancer patients (overall) who were in or admitted to an acute care hospital 30 days prior to death across SK for fiscal years 2015, 2017, and 2019
Median in 2019 is 15 days. Full table to follow.
Title of table: Cumulative length of stay for cancer patients (overall) who were in or admitted to an acute care hospital 30 days prior to death across SK for fiscal years 2015, 2017, and 2019

Year 25th percentile Median 75th percentile 90th percentile
2019 7 15 28 44.5
2017 7 15 27 40
2015 8 17 29 46

Data source: Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Discharge Abstract Database (DAD)


Topic: Improving access to quality end-of-life care
Title of image: Cumulative length of stay for cancer patients (rural/remote) who were in or admitted to an acute care hospital 30 days prior to death across SK for fiscal years 2015, 2017, and 2019
Median in 2019 is 16 days
Title of table: Cumulative length of stay for cancer patients (rural/remote) who were in or admitted to an acute care hospital 30 days prior to death across SK for fiscal years 2015, 2017, and 2019

Year 25th percentile Median 75th percentile 90th percentile
2019 7 16 31 48
2017 7 16 28 43
2015 8 17 31 46

Data source: Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Discharge Abstract Database (DAD)


Topic: Improving access to quality end-of-life care
Title of image: Cumulative length of stay for cancer patients (urban) who were in or admitted to an acute care hospital 30 days prior to death across SK for fiscal years 2015, 2017, and 2019
Median in 2019 is 14 days
Title of table: Cumulative length of stay for cancer patients (urban) who were in or admitted to an acute care hospital 30 days prior to death across SK for fiscal years 2015, 2017, and 2019

Year 25th percentile Median 75th percentile 90th percentile
2019 6 14 27 43
2017 7 15 25 39
2015 7 17 29 47

Data source: Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Discharge Abstract Database (DAD)