The Screening and Early Detection Portfolio at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer works with partners across the country to increase the number of individuals getting screened appropriately to ensure cancer screening services are of high quality.

Canadian Breast Cancer Screening Network

The Canadian Breast Cancer Screening Network (CBCSN), hosted by the Partnership since 2013, brings together key stakeholders from across the country to support and improve breast cancer screening quality in Canada. This national network serves as a platform for knowledge exchange to engage the breast cancer screening community, improve the patient experience, leverage expertise, and make evidence-based recommendations to the cancer control system.

Quality initiatives

The Partnership facilitates regular monitoring and evaluation of cancer screening programs to support quality improvement in cancer screening services across Canada. Other initiatives, such as environmental scans, expert workshops, and special reports are designed to leverage and share best practices among stakeholders.

Reports and resources

See below for a variety of resources related to breast cancer screening.

Breast cancer screening in Canada – environmental scan report cover NEW Breast cancer screening in Canada – environmental scan
Updated: April 2017
This annual environmental scan provides an overview of the key components of breast cancer screening programs and strategies across Canada.

 

Breast cancer screening in Canada monitoring evaluating report cover NEW Breast cancer screening in Canada: monitoring and evaluation of quality indicators – results report January 2011 – December 2012
Released: March 2017
This report presents breast cancer screening program data from all provinces and one territory for women aged 50 to 69 for the years 2011 and 2012. Where available, data from 2013 and 2014 is also included. The quality indicator framework includes indicators for coverage, follow-up, quality of screening, detection and diagnosis. In addition, a special section examines the benefits and harms of screening.

Related resources

Breast cancer screening in Canada 2011–2012: report highlights
Released: March 2017

Past editions of quality indicator results reports

Breast cancer screening in Canada: monitoring & evaluation of quality indicators – results report January 2009 – December 2010
Released: December 2015

Organized breast cancer screening programs in Canada: report on program performance in 2007 and 2008
Released: February 2013

 

Guidelines for monitoring breast cancer screening program performance report cover Report from the Evaluation Indicators Working Group: guidelines for monitoring breast cancer screening program performance
Released: February 2013
This report promotes consistent calculation of key evaluation indicators for various monitoring and evaluation efforts across breast cancer screening programs and over time. Detailed calculation methods and background for individual evaluation indicators are outlined in addition to targets.

 

Quality determinants of breast cancer screening report cover Quality determinants of breast cancer screening with mammography in Canada
Released: February 2013
This report proposes standards and recommendations to promote quality assurance in all aspects of breast cancer screening with mammography in Canada.

Related resources

Updated section on enabling informed decisions
Released: November 2015

 

Cancer Screening in Canada report cover Cancer Screening in Canada: An overview of screening participation for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer
Released: January 2015
This pan-Canadian report compares programmatic participation and self-reported utilization (both programmatic and non-programmatic screening) for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer within and outside of current national screening guidelines. This approach supports the Partnership’s goal of increasing screening within guidelines while decreasing screening outside of guidelines. 

 

Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care
The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC), established by the Public Health Agency of Canada, publishes national clinical practice guideline recommendations for lung cancer screening.

Last updated: August 23, 2017

 

NEW 

Breast cancer screening in Canada – HIGHLIGHTS
A two page document summarizing highlights from the monitoring and evaluation of quality indicators report for January 2011 – December 2012
Released: March 2017
Breast cancer screening in Canada monitoring evaluating report cover
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