Study Details


The purpose of our research is to increase colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer screening rates in Ontario.

To do this, we are working with local communities and provincially with Ontarians to:

  1. Identify who are the never and under screened, what stops them from getting screened and what might help them get screened in the future
  2. Identify, develop, and implement sustainable interventions to increase screening.

The results of this research will be used to inform screening programs and interventions at the community level across Ontario.


Participation rates for colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer screening in Ontario are below targeted levels. Engaging populations that do not typically participate in cancer screening is key to increasing rates of cancer screening participation for all three cancers, and to save more lives.

People who are under or never screened are more likely to experience barriers to cancer screening than people who are screened regularly. These barriers could include factors such as awareness, language, culture, transportation, cost, and time.

Current research on how to increase cancer screening participation suggests that local, customized interventions best address the specific barriers to screening experienced by under and never screened people.


We have partnered with four different communities, one urban (Jane/Finch), one rural (Mount Forest), one small city (Peterborough) and one suburban (Mississauga East), to answer the following questions:

  • Who are the never or under screened?
  • What stops them from getting screened?
  • What might help them get screened?

We have been answering these questions using focus group discussions with health centers, health care providers and members of the local community.


We are now recruiting volunteers from ANYWHERE in Ontario to take our online survey to tell us why you think people do not get screened for cancer.