Cervical cancer is an abnormal, malignant cell growth in the cervix (the passageway between the vagina and the uterus). The main risk factor for cervical cancer (Canadian Cancer Society) is the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV) that infects the cervix. HPV vaccines are available to protect against the most common HPV types that are linked to cervical cancer. Screening for cervical cancer is available in Ontario.
Rates of cervical cancer are too low to provide reliable estimates by age or by geographic area below the health unit level. Also, cervical cancer mortality rates are too low to be reliably reported.
Cervical cancer by geographic area
- In the Sudbury & District Health Unit (SDHU) area, there were 6 new cases of cervical cancer in 2009.
- In 2009, the rate of cervical cancer in the SDHU area was 6 new cases per 100,000 females.
- The annual rate of new cervical cancer cases in the SDHU area has generally been slightly higher than that of northeastern Ontario, and the rates in both the SDHU area and northeastern Ontario have consistently been higher than the Ontario rate.
- Between 2000 and 2009, the cervical cancer rate in the SDHU area has remained fairly stable.
- Rates are age-standardized using the 1991 Canadian population.
- Data Source: Ontario Cancer Registry and Population Estimates, Cancer Care Ontario, SEER*Stat, Oct. 2012 release.
Figure: Annual age-standardized incidence rate, cervical cancer, by geographic area, 2000–2009
Table: Annual age-standardized incidence rate, cervical cancer, by geographic area, 2000–2009
Table: Annual number of cases, cervical cancer, by geographic area, 2000–2009
This item was last modified on March 26, 2018