Lung cancer screening framework for Canada (2014)
September 1, 2014
Review this 2014 framework to learn about the key elements to consider when planning for lung cancer screening
In 2013, about 25,500 Canadians were diagnosed with lung cancer and some 20,200 men and women died from the disease. The five-year relative survival rate for lung cancer is 17 per cent.
This framework of consensus statements was created by the Pan-Canadian Lung Cancer Screening Network (PLCSN) and offers guidance to the provinces and territories as they plan for the implementation of lung cancer screening.
The PLCSN was created to support initiatives that would do the following things:
- Inform discussions and decisions around lung cancer screening
- Leverage expertise
- Make use of evidence-based recommendations which support policy and best practices in lung cancer screening
Members of the network agreed to create a lung cancer screening framework for Canada as their initial project. This framework is not intended to be prescriptive; it was designed as a tool to outline key elements for supporting Canadian jurisdictions in their decision-making or planning for lung cancer screening. Lung cancer screening, if it takes place, will evolve differently across the provinces and territories in terms of timing and approaches. As well, this framework may not address or resolve some issues and gaps.