Supplementary data: British Columbia

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

Topic: Increasing genetic testing
Title of image: Percentage of patients diagnosed with breast, colorectal and ovarian cancers in 2019 who were referred for and received genetic testing results within 6 months of diagnosis
Text description: Breast: 73.3%; Colorectal: 35.3%; Ovarian: 50.6%
Caveats/limitations: Wait-times reflect waits for those patients diagnosed and referred for testing. Patients who have diagnoses but that are not referred for testing are not captured within these statistics.
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 at diagnosis in BC in 2018
Text description:

  • Lung: 20.8% in Stage 3; 43.4% in Stage 4
  • Colorectal: 21.7% in Stage 2; 26.2% in Stage 3

Caveats/limitations: Colorectal cancer stage information is incomplete for a moderate number of incident cases each year (19.3%) and thus these data must be interpreted with some caution.
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Topic: Diagnosing cancer earlier
Title of image: Age-standardized rate of stage 4 diagnosis in BC in 2018, by sex
Text description: Lung: 27.3% males; 23.0% in females; Colorectal: 11.9% males; 8.8% in females
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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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 eligible people in BC who received colon screening using FIT, by sex
Text description: Overall: 33.4%; males: 32.9%; females: 33.8%
Caveats/limitations: Data does not truly reflect the proportion of the eligible population that is up to date for screening due to the exclusion of select procedures such as colonoscopies. Thus these data reflect the proportion of the eligible population who had a program FIT over this period. Data is not included for the Northern Health Authority.
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Topic: Increasing participation in colorectal cancer screening
Title of image: Percentage of eligible people in BC who received colon screening using FIT, by sex and year
Text description:

  • 2016: 29.2%
  • 2017: 29.4%
  • 2018: 32.2%
  • 2019: 34.4%
  • 2020: 33.4%

Caveats/limitations: Data does not truly reflect the proportion of the eligible population that is up to date for screening due to the exclusion of select procedures such as colonoscopies. Thus these data reflect the proportion of the eligible population who had a program FIT over this period. Data is not included for the Northern Health Authority.
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Priority 3 Action 1: Set best practices and standards for care delivery and promote their adoption

Topic: Implementing multidisciplinary care
Title of image: Proportion of surgeons performing rectal cancer surgery where more than two thirds of their patients are presented at a multidisciplinary care conference (MCC) in 2020
Caveats/limitations: 27 surgeons, who on average performed ≥5 rectal cancer surgeries per year in 2019 & 2020, were sent the survey (a locally designed survey from the rectal cancer surgical tumour group to collect data on their MDC practices). 18 responded, giving a 67% response rate. However, respondents constituted 90% of the rectal cancer surgery volume in 2019 and 2020 for all surgeons who were sent the survey.
Text description:

  • Surgeons with at least two-third of patients presented at MCC: 83.3%
  • Surgeons with all patients presented at MCC: 55.6%

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: Proportion of annual screening volume (for those who had a bilateral mammogram or Pap test), by age group in 2018
Text description:
Breast

  • Age 30 to 39: 0.1%

Cervical

  • Overall (Age 18 to 24): 2.6%
  • Age 18 to 20: 0.2
  • Age 21 to 24: 2.4

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
BC Breast Cervical Graph Supplementary page