A one-of-a-kind study has uncovered some interesting statistics with regard to cancer rates among First Nations and non-First Nations people.
The study was conducted in partnership by the B.C. Cancer Agency, First Nations Health Authority, the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, and Metis nation,
Both Cervical and Colo-rectal cancer numbers were eye-opening and Doctor, John Spinelli, the Vice President of Population Oncology with the B.C. Cancer Agency says more needs to be done to reduce the frequency of Colo-rectal cancer among First Nations people.
Spinelli says Cervical and Colo-rectal cancers are being placed under the microscope.
First Nations women are 92 percent more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer than non-First Nations women.
First Nations women are also less likely to survive cancer in 10 of the 15 cancer types examined, while First Nations men are less likely to survive cancer in 10 of the 12 types examined.