Supplementary data: Newfoundland and Labrador

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 NL (aged ≥ 12) classified as daily or occasional smokers in 2020
Text description: 19.0% for Newfoundland and Labrador, and 12.9% for Canada
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.

Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey
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Topic: Keeping people smoke-free
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in NL (aged ≥ 18) classified as daily or occasional smokers in 2019, by household income quintile and sex
Text description:

  • Quintile 1 (Lower quintile): females: 31.8%; males: 38.6%
  • Quintile 2: females: 23.4%; males: 19.2%
  • Quintile 3: females: 11.4%; males: 24.1%
  • Quintile 4: females: 16.7%; males: 25.2%
  • Quintile 5 (Upper quintile): females: 5.5%; males: 16.0%

Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey
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Topic: Keeping people smoke-free
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in NL (aged ≥ 18) classified as daily or occasional smokers in 2019, by highest level of education
Text description:

  • Less than secondary school graduation: females: 20.1%; males: 30.8%
  • Secondary school graduation, no post-secondary education: females: 25.7%; males: 24.9%
  • Post-secondary certificate/diploma or university degree: females: 14.5%; males: 21.2%

Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey
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Topic: Reducing obesity
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in NL (aged ≥ 18) classified as overweight or obese in 2019
Text description: 77.6% for Newfoundland and Labrador, and 65.9% for Canada
Caveats/limitations:

  • This indicator was reported using the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). 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.

Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey
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Topic: Reducing obesity
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in NL (aged ≥ 18) classified as overweight or obese in 2017-2018, by income quintile and sex
Text description:

  • Quintile 1 (Lower quintile): females: 78.6%; males: 68.3%
  • Quintile 2: females: 72.4%; males: 78.0%
  • Quintile 3: females: 73.5%; males: 82.7%
  • Quintile 4: females: 76.8%; males: 83.2%
  • Quintile 5 (Upper quintile): females: 72.5%; males: 86.0%

Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey
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Topic: Reducing obesity
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in NL (aged ≥ 18) classified as overweight or obese in 2017-2018, by sex
Text description: 80.5% for males, and 74.7% 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 Grade 6 students in NL who received a final dose of HPV vaccination in the 2018-2019 school year
Text description: Overall for year 2018 to 2019: 91.6%
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Topic: Increasing genetic testing
Title of image: Percentage of patients in NL under 40 years of age diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2017-2019 who received genetic testing within one year of diagnosis
Text description: Overall: 58.3%
Caveats/limitations: 2017-2019 years were aggregated as number of colon cases per year were too small to report.
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 NL in 2019
Text description: 28.6% for lung; 19.3% for colorectal; 4.7% for bladder; 12.8% for melanoma (Stage 3 to 4 combined)
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 individuals in NL who had a successful FIT result in 2 years (2018-2019) or a colonoscopy in 5 years (2015-2019)
Text description:

  • Overall (Age 50 to 74): 48.8%
  • Age 50 to 54: 39.1%
  • Age 55 to 59: 41.1%
  • Age 60 to 64: 54.7%
  • Age 65 to 69: 54.4%
  • Age 70 to 74: 59.5%

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: Percentage of patients in NL diagnosed with stages 1 to 3 rectal cancer in 2019 calendar that were discussed at least one time at a Gastrointestinal (GI) tumour board committee
Text description: Overall: 50.0%
Caveats/limitations:

  • A patient may have been discussed multiple times at a tumour board over the specified time period. This indicator does not capture the frequency of discussions but rather whether a patient was discussed at least one time.
  • For the gastrointestinal tumour board, there is not currently a benchmark for this indicator or criteria for those cases that must be discussed. In general, cases where there are ambiguities about staging, difference of opinion regarding management or uncertainties about the best line of management are brought forth by the attending or triaging physician voluntarily.

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Topic: Implementing multidisciplinary care
Title of image: Number of pediatric patients in NL discussed at tumour board committee in 2019 and pediatric patients diagnosed in the same year
Text description:

  • Discussed at pediatric tumour board committee: 12 pediatric cancer cases
  • Diagnosed with cancer: 14 pediatric cancer cases

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 aged 40-49 among individuals who had at least one bilateral mammogram in 2019
Text description: Age 40 to 49 years: 19.4%
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 who had a Pap smear in 2019, by age group
Text description:

  • Age 21 and less: 0.9%
  • Age 21 to 24: 6.6%
  • Age 25 to 69: 88.7%
  • Age 69 and over: 3.8%

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Priority 5 Action 2: Deliver information and supports for people living with cancer, families and caregivers


Topic: Improving access to shared medical records
Title of image: Percentage of family physicians in NL who have logged into HEALTHeNL viewer at least 50 times in 2019 (among family physicians that have access to HEALTHeNL)
Text description: Overall: 84.9%
Caveats/limitations: Information on patients with cancer is available but it cannot be separated from other patients without cancer at this time. This is a proxy indicator and does not measure access to electronic cancer care information directly. Rather, it measures access to general EMRs, where cancer information is a subset.
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Topic: Improving access to shared medical records
Title of image: Percentage of family physicians in NL who have logged into HEALTHeNL viewer at least 50 times in 2019 (among family physcians that have access to HEALTHeNL), by regional health authority
Text description:

  • Eastern: 86.0%
  • Central: 86.8%
  • Western: 88.7%
  • Labrador Grenfell: 83.6%

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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