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Ontario Cancer Screening Performance Report 2016

The Ontario Cancer Screening Performance Report highlights the strengths and future directions of Ontario’s cancer screening programs. The report has a special focus on screening participation and retention, as well as a feature on Ontarians who are overdue for screening.

Unlike previous program reports, which focused on individual screening programs, this report presents data for the Ontario Breast Screening Program, Ontario Cervical Screening Program and ColonCancerCheck. The report also presents LHIN-level data (where available) on key performance indicators.

Key Highlights

  • Participation in breast cancer screening has remained stable at 65% of eligible women since 2011–2012. The proportion of women screened within the Ontario Breast Screening Program has continued to increase, up to 78% in 2013–2014. This is anticipated to increase as more sites are brought into the program.
  • Participation in cervical cancer screening declined from 2009–2011 (68%) to 2012–2014 (63%). Retention in the Ontario Cervical Screening Program also declined, from 81% among women screened in 2010 to 72% among women screened in 2011. The timing of the decrease in participation and retention coincides with the release of updated cervical screening guidelines in 2011, which extended the recommended interval between Pap tests from annually to once every three years.
  • The proportion of eligible Ontarians overdue for colorectal cancer screening has continued to improve (decline), from 50% in 2008 to 40% in 2014. We are transitioning to a new recommended screening test for colorectal cancer for average risk individuals (the fecal immunochemical test), which is expected to improve screening participation.

The findings in this report will be used to inform evidence-based and locally relevant strategies to strengthen cancer screening in Ontario. They also serve as a call to action for primary care providers to discuss regular cancer screening with their eligible patients.

For the first time we have publicly reported on the screening participation gap for Ontario’s three cancer screening programs. You can use the Ontario Cancer Profiles online tool to view the statistics from the participation gap analysis in the report.

These statistics are available at both the provincial and Local Health Integration Network-level and can be compared to select cancer burden and risk indicators. Statistics can also be downloaded in map and graph form, and exported for further analysis.

Last modified: Thu, May 11, 2017
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