New report shows cancer screening participation in the South West region could be
Cancer Care Ontario releases Ontario Cancer Screening Performance Report 2016
Dec. 7, 2016 - The number of people newly diagnosed with cancer in Ontario has increased
over the last two decades and will continue to rise, largely due to an aging population.
In the South West it is estimated that approximately 6,726 people will be
diagnosed with cancer this year. Certain cancers can be prevented or detected
earlier by regular screening, but according to a new report released today by Cancer
Care Ontario, many eligible Ontarians aren't up to date with their screening tests.
The Ontario Cancer Screening Performance Report 2016 evaluates the performance of
the province's three organized cancer screening programs: the Ontario Breast Screening
Program (OBSP), the Ontario Cervical Screening Program (OCSP) and ColonCancerCheck
(CCC). It highlights cancer screening participation and retention, future program
directions and also includes a feature on Ontarians who are overdue for screening.
"Screening detects pre-cancerous changes or cancers at an early stage when they
are easier to treat," says Dr. Jan Owen, Regional Primary Care Lead for the South
West Regional Cancer Program. "That's why we encourage all Ontarians to speak with
their doctor to find out if they're eligible or overdue for screening."
The findings in this report will be used to inform evidence-based and locally relevant
strategies to strengthen cancer screening in Ontario.
To support primary care providers, Cancer Care Ontario has developed several innovative
tools to assist them with cancer screening in their practice, including the Primary
Care Screening Activity Report and the Electronic Medical Record tool. Cancer Care
Ontario also sends cancer screening invitation and reminder letters to eligible
Ontarians, and as of 2015, family doctors can opt-in to the physician-linked correspondence
program to have their name included in colorectal cancer screening invitation, recall,
and reminder letters.
Key report findings are:
- Participation in breast cancer screening has remained stable at 65 per cent of eligible
women since 2011–2012. The proportion of women screened within the Ontario Breast
Screening Program has continued to increase, up to 78 per cent in 2013–2014.
- Participation in cervical cancer screening has declined from 2009-2011 (68 per cent)
to 2012–2014 (63 per cent).
- Retention in the OCSP has also declined, from 81 per cent among women screened in
2010 to 72 per cent among women screened in 2011. These decreases may be related
to changes in screening guidelines which extended the recommended screening interval
from annually to once every three years.
- Older women were less likely than younger women to return for a subsequent Pap test.
Retention was lowest in the oldest age group (women ages 60 to 66) at 68 per cent.
- The proportion of eligible Ontarians who are overdue for colorectal cancer screening
has continued to improve (decline) from 50 per cent in 2008 to 40 per cent in 2014.
According to 2014 data, approximately 43 percent of eligible men and women (ages
50-74) in the South West are overdue for screening.
A copy of the Ontario Cancer Screening Performance Report 2016 is available at cancercare.on.ca/cancerscreeningreport.
South West Regional Cancer Program oversees the delivery and quality of cancer services
for the counties of Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth, Middlesex, Oxford, Elgin, and part
of Norfolk. It is one of 13 Regional Cancer Programs created by Cancer Care Ontario
in 2005 to ensure cancer care is delivered according to province-wide quality standards.