Cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers accounted for 94 per cent of all gynaecological cancers diagnosed between 1997 and 2001; Seventy-five per cent of all new invasive gynaecological cancers were diagnosed in women over the age of 50 years; Between 1997 and 2001, there are geographical variations in the incidence of cervical cancer. In Cape Breton and Victoria counties, the rates exceed the provincial average, while the rate in Kings County is well below the provincial average. More than 60 per cent of women had at least one Pap screen in the three-year period between 1999 and 2001. That is still well below the Gynaecological Cancer Screening Program target of 85 per cent. While the incidence of cervical cancer in Nova Scotia decreasedby 52 per cent between 1971 and 2001, Nova Scotia still has thehighest rate of cervical cancer in Canada, says a new reportreleased today, Oct. 17, by Cancer Care Nova Scotia. And thenumber of women getting annual Pap tests still falls well belowthe target set by medical officials. The report, A Portrait of Gynaecological Cancer and CervicalScreening in Nova Scotia, was prepared by Cancer Care NovaScotia’s Gynaecological Cancer Screening Program and theSurveillance and Epidemiology Unit. It includes information on Nova Scotia women diagnosed withgynaecological cancers, the number of new cases each year andpatterns of change in the types and number of gynaecologicalcancers seen over time. Information on mortality, survival andprojections for these cancers and cervical cancer screening datafrom 1993 to 2001 is also included. Other key findings from the report include: “We are definitely making progress,” said Dr. Rob Grimshaw,medical director, Gynaecological Cancer Screening Program. “Womenare living longer with gynaecological cancer because ofprevention and early detection initiatives and enhancedtreatments. We’re working with women, family doctors and otherhealth providers to emphasize that a regular Pap test is thesingle, most important weapon against cervical cancer – apreventable cancer. Our efforts are being rewarded, but there isstill work to be done.” Dr. Grimshaw said other gynaecological cancers are not as easilyprevented. However, by collecting, analyzing and monitoringpatterns of gynaecological cancer occurrence and outcomes, themedical community is able to better understand the disease andtake action. Statistical data included in the new report helps healthprofessionals understand the relative success of screening andtreatment methods and helps develop preventive measures. Healthproviders and managers also use the information to project andplan for the expected needs of communities. Researchers use thedata to generate hypotheses on specific cancer-related problems. “Data collection and analysis provides us with crucialinformation to direct our decision making in targetinginterventions that will reduce the number of women beingdiagnosed with a gynaecological cancer, in addition to assistingus in developing the best treatment options possible,” said Dr.Andrew Padmos, commissioner, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. The Gynaecological Cancer Screening Program is dedicated todecreasing the incidence of gynaecological cancer in Nova Scotia.Initial efforts focus on cervical cancer and are aimed atprevention, early detection and appropriate management. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, familiesand the health-care system through prevention, screening andresearch. It also aims to lessen the fear of cancer througheducation and information. Its programs are centred in thecommunity, compassionate to patients, cost-effective and based onsound research.
TORONTO — Sun Life Financial Investment Services in Canada must pay a $1.7 million fine and $100,000 in costs as part of a settlement agreement with the body that regulates Canada’s mutual fund dealers.In Sun Life’s settlement agreement with the Mutual Fund Dealers Association, the company admits to not having adequate checks and supervision, leading to various practices such as selling mutual funds with back-end fees that, if redeemed early, did not factor in their clients’ age or time horizon, as far back as 2002.The company also admitted to failing to report client complaints, bankruptcy and other key information to MFDA’s tracking system within the required time frame, between January 2010 and June 2015.This comes as the Ontario Securities Commission also approved a no-contest settlement agreement with Assante Capital Management Ltd and Assante Financial Management Ltd., resulting in compensation to clients of more than $3.8 million and more than US$15,400.The settlement follows allegations by staff of the Ontario regulator that there were inadequacies in Assante’s systems of control and supervision, resulting in certain clients paying excess fees that were not detected or corrected in a timely manner.The OSC says Assante has neither admitted nor denied the accuracy of its staff conclusions, but the company has also made a payment of $140,000 to be used towards the regulator’s mandate of protecting investors, and a further payment of $25,000 to cover investigation costs.