Introduction

Use of information provided

The information provided in this survey is not a substitute for personal medical advice.

Confidentiality

Your confidentiality will be respected. No information or records that disclose your identity will be published. Your rights to privacy are legally protected by federal and provincial laws that require safeguards to ensure your privacy is respected. The Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada has funded the Women's Health Risk Assessment Tool; however, they will not have access to your data.

Consent

If you continue to the next page, you are consenting to being a participant in the survey and having your confidential responses used for research purposes. Participation in this survey is completely voluntary and you may choose to stop at any time.

About the Survey

The 10 diseases/conditions included in this survey were selected on the basis of their burden in Canadian women and their preventability.

This online survey consists of questions, from previously validated tools, that will assess the estimated level of risk you may have for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, coronary heart disease, depression and osteoporosis.

This tool has a significant focus on biological risk factors like menstruation and childbirth, and therefore some of the results may not be applicable for transgender women.

This survey consists of questions, from evidence-based, validated tools, that will assess the level of risk you may have for these conditions. When you have completed the survey, you will receive a personalized health report that will guide you in the direction of the first steps you need to take to improve your health and reduce your risk of developing certain chronic conditions.

The estimates reflect the latest scientific information on women’s health. We didn’t cover every risk factor, and as new scientific information emerges, this survey will be updated.

Tool Construction

The goal of the project was to create a single, comprehensive, and concise health risk assessment (HRA) tool, based on previously validated and existing HRA’s. This tool provides an estimate of risks of developing common diseases currently affecting Canadian women (specifically, breast cancer, colon cancer, COPD, coronary heart disease, diabetes, depression, lung cancer, osteoporosis, ovarian cancer and stroke).

We conducted a comprehensive review of the literature. Relevant abstracts published within the past 15 years were reviewed, with preference given to North American, European and Australian articles, to increase the HRA’s relevance to the Canadian population.

The literature search uncovered over 60 HRA tools, and the research team identified the best HRA tool for each of the 10 health conditions. The items on the tools were then combined, with appropriate modifications to reduce redundancy, to create a single HRA tool that was appropriate for Canadian women.

We based our estimates on the highest quality data currently publicly available. The full list of sources consulted g can be seen below. In particular, we recommend going to https://siteman.wustl.edu/prevention/ydr/ for more detailed information and risk assessments for other diseases.
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