This year, POGO data will inform three Canadian cancer statistics reports—an important milestone in POGO’s efforts to monitor and publicly report on the impact of childhood cancer in Ontario, in alignment with one of the five goals of our Childhood Cancer Care Plan 2018-2023.
Later in September, for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, POGO will release Childhood Cancer in Ontario: The 2020 POGO Surveillance Report, an update of our comprehensive and detailed provincial childhood cancer surveillance statistics. This report continues to confirm that Ontario’s childhood cancer survival rates are among the highest in the world and that all types of childhood cancer are rare (less than 6 per 100,000 children per year). It also provides information about the number of Ontarians each year who were diagnosed with cancer as children (prevalence). In addition to updating the data and trends, new details about cancer subtypes and age groups have been added.
August 2020 marked the first-ever inclusion of childhood cancer statistics, generated based on analyses by POGO from data in POGONIS (POGO’s childhood cancer database), in the Ontario Cancer Statistics report, which was released by Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario). This report provides a comprehensive summary of the burden of cancer in Ontario residents of all ages and helps to answer vital questions such as: What types of cancer occur in children in Ontario as compared to adults? How does childhood cancer, mortality and survival compare to adult cancers?
In addition, POGO continues to collaborate with the Public Health Agency of Canada by providing timely and high-quality childhood cancer data from POGONIS to populate the Canadian childhood cancer surveillance database, Cancer in Young People in Canada (CYP-C). This ensures that the Ontario childhood cancer population data is included in national reports, such as the CYP-C Data Tool, to yield key information, such as how childhood cancer incidence in Ontario compares with other provinces/territories and Canada overall.
POGO ensures that the latest, high-quality childhood cancer data from POGONIS is available to generate childhood cancer statistics for use by healthcare professionals, researchers, system and program planners, and policy- and decision-makers to help drive an effective childhood cancer care system. By working in partnership with organizations like Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) and the Public Health Agency of Canada, as well as with the hospitals that treat children with cancer in Ontario, to monitor and report on the burden of childhood cancer in the province, POGO aims to achieve the best childhood cancer care system for children, youth, their families and survivors in Ontario and beyond.
We hope you find these reports to be helpful references in your efforts to champion childhood cancer care!