Cancer in Fort Good Hope

Cancer Incidence and Mortality

From 2000-2011, there were 31 cases of cancer in Fort Good Hope.  There were 11 deaths from cancer during the same period.

Participation in Cancer Screening

The participation in cancer screening programs is low among the Fort Good Hope residents.  More can be done to encourage the Good Hope residents to get cancer screening, and to make sure they know that cancer screening is for people who do not have signs or symptoms of cancer.

  • Colorectal cancer screening:  The percentage of adults who took fecal immunochemical test (FIT) at least once in the previous two-year period has been going down.  Only 10.1% of Fort Good Hope adults aged 50-74 took the test at least once in 2013 and 2014.
  • The FIT is simple, take-home test for men and women that is available in all health centres.
  • Breat cancer screening: Roughly one-quarter of women in Fort Good Hope who should have a mammogram actually did have a mammogram in the previous two-year period.  Only 24.6% of women aged 50-69 had a mammogram in 2013 and 2014.
  • referrals for mammograms can be made from all health centres.  Travel outside of Fort Good Hope is required, but will be covered by Medical Travel.
  • Cervical cancer screening: The percentage of women who have had at least one Pap smear in the previous two-year period has been going down.  Only 25.2% of women aged 21 to 29 had a Pap smear in 2013 and 2014.
  • Only 15.5% of women aged 50-69 had a Pap smear in 2013 and 2014.
  • Pap smears are available in all health centres.  Women are recommended to begin getting Pap smears at the age of 21 or 3 years after becoming sexually active.  Pap smears should be done every year until the woman has three normal results in a row – she can then get Pap smears every two years.