Supplementary data: Nova Scotia

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 NS (aged ≥ 12) classified as daily or occasional smokers in 2019
Text description: 18.0% for Nova Scotia, 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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Topic: Keeping people smoke-free
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in NS (aged ≥ 18) classified as daily or occasional smokers in 2019, by household income quintile and sex
Text description:

  • Quintile 1 (Lower quintile): females: 22.0%; males: 39.2%
  • Quintile 2: females: 21.6%; males: 27.4%
  • Quintile 3: females: 12.3%; males: 17.5%
  • Quintile 4: females: 10.6%; males: 11.5%
  • Quintile 5 (Upper quintile): females: 12.8%; males: 19.8%

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

  • Less than secondary school graduation: females: 28.6%; males: 35.8%
  • Secondary school graduation, no post-secondary education: females: 24.4%; males: 29.0%
  • Post-secondary certificate/diploma or university degree: females: 10.7%; males: 16.9%

Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey
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Topic: Reducing obesity
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in NS (aged ≥ 18) classified as overweight or obese in 2019
Text description: 71.8% for Nova Scotia, 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 NS (aged ≥ 18) classified as overweight or obese in 2017-2018, by income quintile and sex
Text description:

  • Quintile 1 (Lower quintile): females: 66.9%; males: 74.1%
  • Quintile 2: females: 68.8%; males: 71.9%
  • Quintile 3: females: 72.0%; males: 78.3%
  • Quintile 4: females: 68.5%; males: 74.4%
  • Quintile 5 (Upper quintile): females: 61.4%; males: 81.2%

Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey
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Topic: Reducing obesity
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in NS (aged ≥ 18) classified as overweight or obese in 2017-2018, by sex
Text description: 76.2% for males, and 67.6% for females
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 Grade 7 students in NS in the 2018-2019 school year who received both doses of HPV vaccination prior to January 1, 2020
Text description: 84.7% overall; 84.8% for males, and 85.1% for females
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 NS in 2019
Text description: 41.6% for lung cancer and 22.0% for colorectal cancer
Note: *Data is projected proportions of stage 4 diagnosis in 2019
Caveats/limitations: 2019 Cancer Registry data is not currently available. Data presented is based on projections of total case counts and proportions of stage IV diagnoses.
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 NS residents who had a FIT test result between Apr 1, 2017 – Mar 31, 2019
Text description:

  • Overall (Age 50 to 74): 32.4%
  • Age 50 to 54: 26.7%
  • Age 55 to 59: 21.6%
  • Age 60 to 64: 38.3%
  • Age 65 to 69: 31.4%
  • Age 70 to 74: 50.4%

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 pediatric new oncology cases with documented multidisciplinary tumour board rounds prior to initiation of treatment in 2019-2020
Text description: 68.0% for the overall pediatric population
Caveats/limitations:

  • This includes only documented rounds found in patient charts that contained a list of attendees with 3 or more disciplines documented in attendance
  • Data includes pediatric patients from the Maritime provinces seen at the pediatric tertiary centre (IWK Health Centre)
  • We suspect the data underestimates multidisciplinary participation in these rounds due to the reliance on chart documentation to capture the data.

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs


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 people with a cervix in NS aged <25 who received a Pap smear between Jul 1, 2016 – Dec 31, 2019, by age group
Text description:

  • Overall (less than age 25): 13.6%
  • Age 18 and under: 0.6%
  • Age 18 to 20: 17.4%
  • Age 21 to 24: 53.9%

Caveats/limitations:

  • Pap smear guidelines changed in Nova Scotia in February 2019. Prior to 2019, screening was recommended for individuals 21 years and older. Therefore, many individuals aged 21–24 years included in the data were screened as per recommended age guidelines at that time.
  • Data is not hysterectomy cleared. Therefore, those who had a hysterectomy and no longer eligible for PAP smear, have not been removed from the denominator.

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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