Cancer

According to the latest statistics from the Quebec First Nations Regional Longitudinal Health Survey, cancer rates have been increasing within Aboriginal communities over the past few decades.

While this disease occurred mainly in the non-Aboriginal population, cancer rates within the communities are now similar to those of the rest of Quebec and Canada. This means that one in three people could be affected by cancer during their lifetime.

The incidence of cancer can be explained by several indicators as regards one’s general state of health and by certain lifestyle habits such as smoking, alcoholism or inactivity.

Quebec First Nations Cancer Info-kit

In order to construct an overall picture of cancer within the communities, the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission has published the Quebec First Nations Cancer Info-Kit.

This awareness tool provides you with information on various topics, including:

  • Continuum of care and services, from prevention to cancer treatment, to palliative care;
  • Symptoms of the disease, cancer screening, its diagnosis and follow-up;
  • The 15 most frequent types of cancer among First Nations and Inuit of Quebec and the various resources available to fight cancer;
  • More analytical or general information on the current picture of cancer in Canada, in Quebec and in the Aboriginal population of Quebec;
  • The connection between nutrition and cancer.

“Together, Let’s Fight Against Cancer” Forum

In March 2009, a forum on cancer entitled “Together, let’s fight against cancer” was held in order to support health and social service workers in their strategy to fight against cancer within First Nations communities.

To learn about this forum, you may view the slides which were presented during the event:

  • Demystifying radiotherapy
  • Between control and letting go – How to deal with the distress associated with cancer?
  • The magic pill
  • Using nutrition to prevent cancer
  • Canadian partnership against cancer
  • Cancer prevention among First Nations: Taking popular knowledge into account
  • When the other suffers, who suffers? – Issues involved in palliative accompaniment
  • Providing care to add years to life or life to years?
  • An exciting way to learn!