Cancer Screening Information for Healthcare Providers

Important Documents

BreastCheck, CervixCheck and ColonCheck are the population-based screening programs operated by CancerCare Manitoba. Our goal is to reduce the rates of incidence and mortality from breast, cervical and colon cancers by screening eligible Manitobans at intervals that maximize the benefit and minimize the potential harms of each screening test. To read more about us, click here.



Service Updates

  • BreastCheck is offering appointments at all sites. Effective September 1, 2020, all BreastCheck clients must wear a non-medical mask for the full duration of their BreastCheck appointment.
  • ColonCheck is mailing home screening test kits, and requests for test kits are being processed.
Updated August 31, 2020

Recruiting Interested Health Promotion Champions

CancerCare Manitoba Prevention & Screening is recruiting interested, enthusiastic health promotion champions in primary care to participate on an advisory committee. The purpose of the committee is to facilitate ongoing reciprocal communication between healthcare providers and CancerCare Manitoba Prevention & Screening in order to generate feedback and input into projects, resources and activities. To learn more, click here.

Breast Density Notification

As of June 2019, BreastCheck will include a woman's breast density in her result letter and in the result letter to her healthcare provider. For more information:

Review Breast Density: Patient Discussion Guide (pdf), Talking To Your Patients About Breast Density and Breast Cancer Risk (webinar)

Colorectal Cancer Screening in Individuals with a Family History

Read the recommendations (pdf) to learn more about colorectal cancer screening for average-risk and increased risk patients.

CervixCheck Provider Numbers

Registered Nurses (RNs), Physician Assistants (PA), and Clinical Assistants (CL.A) should obtain a CervixCheck Provider Number at such point cervical cancer screening becomes part of their practice. The CervixCheck Provider Number identifies the specimen taker on the cytology requisition form and links them to the cervical cancer screening test (i.e. Pap test) and any subsequent follow-up. To request a CervixCheck provider number click here.

Program Operations

BreastCheck, CervixCheck, and ColonCheck operate population-based registries which allow us to:

  • identify individuals eligible for cancer screening,
  • send letters of invite, recall, reminder and result notification,
  • monitor data, and
  • evaluate program operations.

Invitation strategies used include:

  • direct mail,
  • collaborating with healthcare providers, and
  • health promotion activities.

Each program sends a variety of letter types on a pre-determined timeline.

NOTIFY Advise eligible individual that they will receive a test unless they contact the screening program     checkmark
INVITE Encourage eligible individual to participate in screening for the first time checkmark checkmark checkmark
RECALL Invite an eligible individual to participate in screening at the recommended interval checkmark checkmark checkmark
REMIND Sent after the initial invite to the eligible individual as a reminder to do the test checkmark checkmark checkmark
RESULT* Inform an individual of their screening test result. checkmark checkmark checkmark

*CervixCheck will send a result letter to a patient if they have a high-grade abnormal result or if the patient does not have appropriate follow-up listed in the CervixCheck registry.

For more information on each program's correspondence pathway, click below:

BreastCheck (pdf) | CervixCheck (pdf) | ColonCheck (pdf)


The CancerCare Manitoba Screening Programs have a team of Health Educators that plan, implement, and evaluate various education and health promotion activities for the public and providers on breast, cervical and colon cancer screening. Click below to:



Participation Rates by Community (pdf)

2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Participation Rates by RHA (pdf)

Northern Burntwood 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Northern Norman 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Southern Central 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Southern South Eastman 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Interlake-Eastern Interlake 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Interlake-Eastern North Eastman 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Prairie Mountain Assiniboine 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Prairie Mountain Parkland 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Winnipeg 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Brandon 2014 | 2013 | 2012

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To learn more about screening for cancers other than breast, cervical, or colorectal, click here.

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