Despite a more than 10 per cent increase in the true number of patients receiving treatment.

‘With the increasing needs being placed on the system we need to apply these methods to enhancing quality and access for cancer surgery and chemotherapy.’ The Malignancy System Quality Index report says Ontario’s radiation wait times now are in an acceptable level and the province should turn its attention to substantially increasing the use of radiation therapy to the provincial target of 48 per cent to be able to meet international benchmarks. In other areas, the statement noted that wait occasions for cancer surgery were unchanged in the past year with 76 per cent of surgeries meeting target wait times.The findings were so striking that federal wellness officials ended the analysis more than a year early so they could share the potentially lifesaving information with the general public. Researchers discovered that a focus on systolic pressure of 120 reduced rates of coronary attack, heart stroke and failure by almost a third, compared with the currently recommended focus on pressure of 140 for people under age 60 and 150 for seniors. A blood pressure focus on of 120 also reduced the risk of loss of life by about one-quarter, the researchers found.