Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Cancer

All Cancer Mortality

Overall
By Sex
By Age Group

Cancer deaths data are derived from the Ontario Cancer Registry (OCR) operated by Cancer Care Ontario. The OCR contains information on Ontario residents who have died of all types of malignant cancers. Cancer sites were coded using the Third Edition of the International Classification of Diseases for Oncology (ICDO-3).

Overall

The rate of cancer deaths (also called the mortality rate) provides a measure of the risk of dying from any type of cancer over a given period of time. In 2016 among Simcoe Muskoka residents, there were over 1,300 deaths from all types of cancer for an age-standardized mortality rate of 194 (183.2, 204.5) deaths per 100,000 population. This was not significantly different from the Ontario cancer Mortality rate of 190 (187.8, 192.2) deaths per 100,000.

The chart below shows the overall trend in cancer mortality rates in Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario from 1986 to 2016. The cancer mortality rates decreased significantly over this 31 year time period both in Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario; however, the sharpest decline in the rates were observed between 2000 to 2016. The Simcoe Muskoka rates were above the Ontario rates for majority of this 31 year period of time.

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By Sex

In 2016, the age-standardized mortality rate for all cancers among Simcoe Muskoka males was 238 (221.0, 256.3) deaths per 100,000, which was significantly higher than the female rate of 159 (146.1, 172.7) deaths per 100,000. The 2016 age-standardized cancer mortality rates for Ontario males and females were not significantly from the comparable Simcoe Muskoka rates.

The chart below shows the trend in the overall cancer mortality rates for males and females in Simcoe Muskoka over the 31 year period between 1986 and 2016. The cancer mortality rates among Simcoe Muskoka males and females both decreased significantly over this time period; however, the rates among males decreased at a faster pace when compared with females. The male cancer mortality rates were significantly higher than the female rates for the entire period of time.

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By Age Group

The risk of dying from cancer increases exponentially with age. The age-specific cancer mortality rates between 2010 and 2016 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka were highest among those 75 years and older at 1531.5 (1486.1, 1578.1) deaths per 100,000 population. In contrast, the cancer mortality rate for children and youth under 20 years of age was only two (1.1, 3.1) deaths per 100,000 population. The age-specific cancer mortality rates in Simcoe Muskoka were significantly higher than the provincial rates for all age-groups among adults 45 years of age and older.

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