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 and ensure cancer screening services are of high quality.

Pan-Canadian Lung Cancer Screening Network

In response to evidence suggesting that lung cancer screening for a high-risk population may reduce mortality associated with the disease, the Pan-Canadian Lung Cancer Screening Network (PLCSN) was established in 2012. This network brings together key partners from across Canada and serves as a national platform for knowledge exchange. The PLCSN’s mandate supports initiatives that will inform discussions and decisions around lung cancer screening; to leverage expertise in this area; and to make use of evidence-based recommendations that support policy and best practices in lung cancer screening.

Reports and resources

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

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Lung Cancer Screening Framework for Canada

This consensus statement-based framework has been designed as a tool to support Canadian jurisdictions in their deliberations and/or in planning for lung cancer screening by outlining the key elements for consideration. Released: September 2014

Additional resources

Lung Cancer Screening Framework for Canada: Summary and Key Considerations
Released: March 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

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Lung cancer screening in Canada – environmental scan

This annual environmental scan provides an overview of the key components of lung cancer screening programs/strategies across Canada.
Updated: April 2017

Lung Cancer Screening - Companion Implementation Resource

Lung cancer screening – companion implementation resource

This document was designed to act as a resource for jurisdictions considering the implementation of a lung cancer screening program. It highlights key messages from three reports previously developed by the Pan-Canadian Lung Cancer Screening Network (PLCSN):

  • 5-Year Questions Report
  • National Data Working Group Report
  • National Lung Cancer Screening Quality Indicators Report

Released: October 2018

Anticipatory Science

The Partnership responds to emerging evidence from screening trials through the Anticipatory Science Initiative. When the publication of randomized-controlled trial results is expected, a pan-Canadian approach is taken to create a stream-lined, timely synopsis and distribute key information on specific screening tests.

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