Supplementary data: Alberta

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 AB (aged ≥ 12) classified as daily or occasional smokers in 2019
Text description: 15.4% for Alberta, and 14.7% for Canada
Caveats/limitations:

  • This indicator was reported using the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). Overall smoking rates are reported using 2019 data.
  • Individuals who did not respond to the required CCHS questions regarding smoking status were not included in the analysis.

Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey
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Priority 1 Action 2: Adopt proven practices known to reduce the risk of cancer

Topic: Increasing HPV vaccination
Title of image: Percentage of people who received a full course of HPV vaccination in 2019
Text description: 63.0% for males, and 65.6% for females
Caveats/limitations: Updated schedule for HPV vaccinations in Alberta specifies that children aged 9-14 years who are able to produce a normal immune response and who do not have HIV will receive a 2-dose series.
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Topic: Increasing genetic testing
Title of image: Percentage of patients in AB diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer in 2019 who received genetic testing within 9 months of diagnosis
Text description: 49.5% for breast cancer, and 47.3% for ovarian cancer
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Topic: Increasing genetic testing
Title of image: Percentage of patients in AB diagnosed with breast cancer who received genetic testing in 2019 within 9 months of diagnosis, by sex
Text description: 56.3% for females, and 28.0% for males
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Priority 2 Action 1: Prioritize rapid access to appropriate diagnosis for those suspected of having cancer

Topic: Diagnosing cancer earlier
Title of image: Proportion of stage 4 diagnosis in AB in 2019
Text description: 45.2% for lung cancer, 22.5% for colorectal cancer, 5.6% for bladder cancer, and 3.7% for melanoma
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


Topic: Diagnosing cancer earlier
Title of image: Proportion of stage at diagnosis in AB in 2019
Text description:

  • Lung: 45% in Stage 4
  • Colorectal: 24% in Stage 3
  • Bladder: 52% in Stage 0
  • Melanoma: 38% are unknown or occult

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Topic: Diagnosing cancer earlier
Title of image: Proportion of stage at diagnosis in AB in 2019, by sex
Text description:
For males:

  • Lung: 47.5%
  • Colorectal: 24.0%
  • Bladder: 5.5%
  • Melanoma: 5.0%

For females:

  • Lung: 43.1%
  • Colorectal: 20.4%
  • Bladder: 5.9%
  • Melanoma: 2.1%

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 AB who had FIT test in past two years (2018-2019) and/or sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy in the past five years (2015-2019), by age group
Text description:

  • Overall (Age 50 to 74): 55.9%
  • Age 50 to 54: 48.2%
  • Age 55 to 59: 53.3%
  • Age 60 to 64: 58.0%
  • Age 65 to 69: 62.7%
  • Age 70 to 74: 63.4%

Caveats/limitations: Participation in the 50-54 age group is expected to be the lowest as those in this age group recently became eligible for screening (e.g., someone aged 51 years would be asked whether they received sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy in the last five years but has only been eligible for screening for the last two years).
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Priority 3 Action 2: Eliminate low-benefit practices and adopt high-value practices

Topic: Optimizing screening and appropriate follow-up
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in AB aged 40-49 who completed at least one screening mammogram in 2019 (breast cancer by age)
Text description: 20.2% for the overall population
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Topic: Optimizing screening and appropriate follow-up
Title of image: Annual return to screen recommendation by radiologist rate in AB in 2019 (breast cancer by frequency)
Text description: 24.2% for the overall population
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Topic: Optimizing screening and appropriate follow-up
Title of image: Percentage of people with a cervix in AB aged 18-24 who received at least one Pap test in 2019, by age group
Text description: 7.7% for the overall population, and 1.9% for people aged 18-20, and 11.8% for people aged 21-24
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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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 patients with cancer living in rural/remote area in AB who utilized nurse navigator service in 2019
Text description: 23.5% for the overall population
Caveats/limitations:

  • The data presented reflects only the nurse navigator support in rural/remote geographies. Indigenous and AYA Nurse Navigators for patients residing in non-rural/non-remote are not included. Cancer patient navigation support is assigned based on the needs of the patient.
  • Not all patients require direct care provided by a patient navigator. Navigation support at the two tertiary centres (Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Cross Cancer Institute) is provided by tumour triage coordinators and other health care providers and is not captured in these data.

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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