Provincial Variation in Cancer Screening Uptake Across Canada: A Descriptive Overview

Principal Investigator: Dr. Trevor Dummer

Affiliation: University of British Columbia

Start Year: 2017

Population screening has been found to decrease the mortality and morbidity of cancer. Currently, cancer screening guidelines for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer have been implemented or are in the process of being implemented across Canada, and close to 50% of Canadian men aged 40 years and older have been screened for prostate cancer in their lifetime. Nevertheless, the degree to which both physicians and patients comply to screening guidelines, and province-specific factors that affect screening utilisation, remain unclear. This project aims to use longitudinal, nationally representative data on over 300,000 Canadians from the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health (CanPath) to examine differences in uptake and correlates of adherence to breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancer screening across Canadian provinces.