Breast cancer screening in Canada: Monitoring and evaluation of quality indicators – Results report 2011 to 2012 (2017)

Review this 2017 report for data from all provinces and one territory about breast cancer screening programs for women aged 50 to 69

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in Canadian women. Although breast cancer can be diagnosed at any age, more than 90 per cent of all new cases occur in women aged 50 years or older. Since the mid 1990s, the rate of breast cancer cases has stayed the same. However, the loss of life due to breast cancer has gone down.

This report examines the quality of the following five areas related to organized breast cancer screening programs in Canada:

  • Coverage
  • Follow-up
  • Quality of screening
  • Detection
  • Disease extent at diagnosis

This report shares screening data for the years 2011 and 2012, and has some data for 2013 and 2014. More than 2.5 million screening mammograms were delivered to women aged 50 to 69 during 2011 and 2012 through organized breast cancer screening programs across Canada.

The report found that some areas of screening stayed relatively stable. However, abnormal call rates exceed the national target values and continue to increase.

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