Supplementary data: Saskatchewan

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 SK (aged ≥ 12) classified as daily or occasional smokers in 2020
Text description: 16.0% for Saskatchewan, 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 SK (aged ≥ 18) classified as daily or occasional smokers in 2019, by household income quintile and sex
Text description:

  • Quintile 1 (Lower quintile): females: 26.5%; males: 19.6%
  • Quintile 2: females: 24.8%; males: 18.1%
  • Quintile 3: females: 17.8%; males: 27.6%
  • Quintile 4: females: 14.0%; males: 14.8%
  • Quintile 5 (Upper quintile): females: 8.4%; males: 14.8%

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

  • Less than secondary school graduation: females: 19.5%; males: 40.5%
  • Secondary school graduation, no post-secondary education: females: 22.6%; males: 14.6%
  • Post-secondary certificate/diploma or university degree: females: 14.1%; males: 15.0%

Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey
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Topic: Reducing obesity
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in SK (aged ≥ 18) classified as overweight or obese in 2019
Text description: 72.7% for Saskatchewan, and 65.9% for Canada
Caveats/limitations:

  • This indicator was reported using the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) and is based on self-reported data. 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 SK (aged ≥ 18) classified as overweight or obese in 2017-2018, by income quintile and sex
Text description:

  • Quintile 1 (Lower quintile): females: 64.0%; males: 69.8%
  • Quintile 2: females: 67.8%; males: 75.6%
  • Quintile 3: females: 67.8%; males: 75.8%
  • Quintile 4: females: 64.7%; males: 82.9%
  • Quintile 5 (Upper quintile): females: 67.7%; males: 82.4%

Data source: Canadian Community Health Survey
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Topic: Reducing obesity
Title of image: Percentage of individuals in SK (aged ≥ 18) classified as overweight or obese in 2017-2018, by sex
Text description: 78.7% for males, and 66.4% 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 female Grade 6 students in SK who received final dose of HPV vaccination in the 2017 school year
Text description: 69.1% for females
Caveats/limitations: HPV vaccination rates for male Grade 6 students were not available.
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 SK in 2018
Text description: 49.5% for lung; 20.3% for colorectal; 10.5% for bladder and 7.4% for melanoma
Caveats/limitations: Actual data by stage was not available for 2018. Average stage distribution from 2013-2017 was applied to the 2018 case counts for each cancer type to estimate stage distribution in 2018.
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 who were aged <50 or ≥75 years among all individuals screened for breast cancer in 2019
Text description: 15.6% for age less than 50 or equal to or over age 75
Caveats/limitations: Individuals living in rural Saskatchewan may be invited to participate in breast screening prior to age 50, depending on the frequency of access to mammography bus services.
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Topic: Optimizing screening and appropriate follow-up
Title of image: Percentage of individuals who were aged <50 or ≥75 years among all individuals screened for breast cancer in 2019, by age group and Screening Program for Breast Cancer (SPBC) status
Text description:

  • SPBC screens: 0.5% for age less than 50; 3.4% for age 75 and over
  • Non-SPBC screens: 27.9% for age less than 50; 8.6% for age 75 and over

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 SK who were aged 18-24 among those who received a Pap test in 2019
Text description:

  • Age 18 to 20: 1.1%
  • Age 21 to 24: 7.8%

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Priority 4 Action 2: Ensure rural and remote communities have the resources required to better serve their people

Topic: Increasing access to supportive care services
Title of image: Percentage of patients in SK seen at the SCA accessing supportive care services
Text description: Overall 28.8%
Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs
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Topic: Increasing access to supportive care services
Title of image: Percentage of patients in SK seen at the SCA accessing supportive care services, stratified by appointment type and appointment location
Text description: 

  • By appointment type: Dietary: 39.5%; Psychosocial:81.8%; SMPCOC: 15.7%
  • By appointment location: In-person: 78.2%; Virtual: 68.2%; Phone: 67.9%; Telehealth: 2.7%

Caveats/limitations:

  • Stratification by appointment type and appointment location are not mutually exclusive. For example, patients could have both a dietary and a Symptom Management and Palliative Outpatient Clinic (SMPCOC) appointment, and/or have been seen both in-person and virtually.
  • A virtual appointment could be via phone and/or telehealth.
  • Approximately 50% of the Saskatchewan population lives in Saskatoon and Regina (urban) and 50% live outside Saskatoon and Regina (rural).

Data source: Provincial cancer agencies and programs