HEALTH / WELL-BEING

Canadian Forces Cancer and Mortality Study: Causes of Death

Article

This research is part of a larger initiative known as the Canadian Forces Cancer and Mortality Study (CF CAMS), which was initiated to examine mortality and the development of cancer for persons who served in the Canadian military. The project is a collaborative effort between Statistics Canada, the Department of National Defence (DND), and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC).

Abstract

Mortality trends among both serving and released military personnel are of considerable interest to several groups including some federal departments and provincial ministries, health scientists, policymakers and the general public. Participation in both domestic and international operations may subject military personnel to unusual health risks including death. Although programs are in place to assess potential occupational and environmental exposures, it is not possible to know precisely what each military member has been exposed to throughout his/her military career. This research is part of a larger initiative known as the Canadian Forces Cancer and Mortality Study (CF CAMS), which was initiated to examine mortality and the development of cancer for persons who served in the Canadian military. The project is a collaborative effort between Statistics Canada¸ the Department of National Defence (DND), and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). Included are individuals who enrolled in the Regular Force after January 1, 1972 with follow-up until December 31, 2006 for mortality and December 31, 2007 for cancer. The start date reflects the availability of DND electronic administrative information. This report focuses specifically on mortality among the dynamic 35year cohort of Canadian Forces (CF) personnel who enrolled between 1972 and 2006, inclusively. The first objective of this report was to examine causes of death for persons with a history of military service (still serving/released). Additionally, there was an interest from VAC to examine causes of death for persons who were released from the military (see Box 1 – Released Cohort).

Full Reference

Statistics Canada and Health Canada, 2011. Canadian Forces Cancer and Mortality Study: Causes of Death.