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Cancer Screening Evidence-based Series (EBS)

The Cancer Screening Standards and Evidence-based Series are produced by Expert Panels convened by Cancer Care Ontario. The panels work together with the PEBC to gather and examine evidence on specific topics related to screening for cancer. CCO's goal is to find ways to improve care and have better outcomes for patients. The reports produced by these panels are available below.

The PEBC has a formal and standardized process to ensure the currency of each document (please see the PEBC Assessment & Review Protocol for more information). This process guides clinical experts to assess a document’s current status and relevance. A final status statement is added to the document when this review process is complete. The current status of each guidance document is noted beside the title and link as outlined below:

  • Documents listed as CURRENT are 3 years old or less, up-to-date, and can be used for decision making.
  • Documents listed as IN REVIEW are undergoing assessment for currency and relevance.  The DSG/GDG has determined that it is still appropriate for this document to continue to be available while this updating process unfolds.
  • Documents that are listed as “FOR EDUCATION AND INFORMATION PURPOSES” are documents for which no further updates are planned and whose recommendations may no longer be consistent with recent evidence.  They may be of educational, historical, clinical, or system interest.

If you have any questions regarding a document that is “In Review,” please contact the PEBC ( ) or the lead author of the document.

  • Breast Screening for Survivors of Breast Cancer
    Evidence Summary 15-15: September 2017
    Status: CURRENT
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening in Average Risk Populations
    Evidence Summary 15-14: November 2015
    Status: CURRENT
  • The Organization of Colposcopy Services in Ontario: Recommended Framework
    15-12 Version 2 EBS: January 2015
    Status: CURRENT
  • Guideline for Colonoscopy Quality Assurance in Ontario
    15-5 Version 2 EBS: October 2013
    Status: CURRENT
  • Screening High-Risk Populations for Lung Cancer
    15-10 EBS: April 2013
    Status: CURRENT
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Screening of Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer
    15-11  Version 2 EBS: August 2012
    Status: IN REVIEW 
  • Cervical Screening
    15-9 EBS: October 2011
    Status: IN REVIEW

For Education and Information Purposes

  • Fecal Immunochemical Tests Compared With Guaiac Fecal Occult Blood Tests for Population-Based Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Guaiac Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) Laboratory Standards
  • Gastroscopy following a Positive Fecal Occult Blood Test and Negative Colonoscopy
  • Screening for Skin Cancer
  • Interventions to Increase the Uptake of Cancer Screening
  • Self-collected Samples for Testing of Oncogenic Human Papillomavirus
Program in Evidence-Based Care (PEBC)
McMaster University, Juravinski Site
G Wing, 2nd Floor
711 Concession Street
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8V 1C3

Phone: 905.527.4322 ext. 42822
Fax: 905.526.6775

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Last modified: Fri, Sep 15, 2017
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