The 4th February is World Cancer Day, a day that is of considerable relevance to many imprisoned across the world. As we highlighted in November for World Diabetes Day, there is increasing recognition that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are an important public health issue globally with 80% of deaths from NCDs in low and middle income countries, often affecting the poorest. People in prison are at increased risk of cancer and there is growing evidence to show that that cancer incidence and prevalence rates are higher in people in prison than in people of a similar age in the community.
There’s still a great deal we don’t know about how cancer affects people in prison and to mark World Cancer Day, Dr Fiona Kouyoumdjian speaks about her ground-breaking work with people in prison.
Fiona Kouyoumdjian, MD MPH PhD, is a Family Physician, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physician, and Epidemiologist. Fiona does research on the health and health care of people in prison as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She has worked since 2007 as a Family Physician at a provincial correctional facility.
Colorectal and Breast Cancer Screening Status For People in Ontario Provincial Correctional Facilities
McConnon, Andreas et al. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Volume 0, Issue 0
Concerns about Lung Cancer Among Prisoners
Renault, L., Perrot, E., Pradat, E. et al. Lung (2018) 196: 115. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00408-017-0066-6
Cervical Cancer Screening Access for Women Who Experience Imprisonment in Ontario, Canada.
Kouyoumdjian FG, McConnon A, Herrington ERS, Fung K, Lofters A, Hwang SW.
JAMA Netw Open. 2018 Dec 7;1(8):e185637.
The health care utilization of people in prison and after prison release: A population-based cohort study in Ontario, Canada.
Kouyoumdjian FG, Cheng SY, Fung K, Orkin AM, McIsaac KE, Kendall C, Kiefer L, Matheson FI, Green SE, Hwang SW.
PLoS One. 2018 Aug 3;13(8):e0201592.
Cancer prevalence, incidence and mortality in people who experience incarceration in Ontario, Canada: A population-based retrospective cohort study.
Kouyoumdjian FG, Pivnick L, McIsaac KE, Wilton AS, Lofters A, Hwang SW.
PLoS One. 2017 Feb 22;12(2):e0171131
Mortality over 12 years of follow-up in people admitted to provincial custody in Ontario: a retrospective cohort study.
Kouyoumdjian FG, Kiefer L, Wobeser W, Gonzalez A, Hwang SW.
CMAJ Open. 2016 Apr 27;4(2):E153-61
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