Adult Genetics


Canadian breast cancer screening programs

Province/TerritoryHigh risk breast cancer screening guidelinesBreast cancer screening programAdministrative agency
British ColumbiaHigh risk eligibility Breast cancer screening policyBC Cancer Agency
AlbertaRecommendation for high risk populations

Calgary Breast Health Program
Breast cancer screening resources for healthcare – Alberta Health Services
SaskatchewanSaskatchewan Screening Program for Breast Cancer (SPBC)Saskatchewan Cancer Agency
ManitobaWinnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Breast Health Centre BreastCheck

BreastCheck guidelines
Cancer Care Manitoba
OntarioOntario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) for high risk womenOntario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) for average risk womenCancer Care Ontario
QuebecQuébec Breast Cancer Screening Program | Le Programme québécois de dépistage du cancer du sein (PQDCS) Santé et Services Sociaux Québec
New BrunswickNew Brunswick Breast Cancer Screening ProgramNew Brunswick Cancer Network (NBCN) is a branch of the Department of Health
Nova ScotiaBreast MRI Guidelines including high risk eligibilityNova Scotia Breast Screening ProgramNova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness
Prince Edward IslandPEI Provincial Breast Screening ProgramHealth PEI
Newfoundland and LabradorBreast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and High Risk Hereditary Breast Cancer (SUMMARY,PDF, November 2012

Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and High Risk Hereditary Breast Cancer (GUIDELINE, PDF, November 2012)
Breast Screening Program:

Eastern Health
Central Health
Western Health
Cancer Care a program of Eastern Health
Yukon Yukon Mammography Program at Whitehorse General HospitalYukon Hospital Corporation
Northwest TerritoriesNorthwest Territories Breast Cancer ScreeningNWT Health and Social Services
NunavutGuidelines under review

NOTE: Currently there are five provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador) that have developed standard guidelines for MRI referral.


Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tools

Breast and Ovarian Analysis of Disease Incidence and Carrier Estimation Algorithm (BOADICEA) BOADICEA is a computer program that is used to estimate BRCA1/BRCA2 mutation carrier probabilities and breast/ovarian cancer risks on the basis of family history.

IBIS Breast Cancer Risk Evaluation Tool Risk calculation program uses a woman’s family history is used to calculate the likelihood of her carrying an adverse gene, which in turn affects her likelihood of developing breast cancer.

General Cancer Resources

Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) The NCCN a not-for-profit alliance of 21 of the world’s leading cancer centres, is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer.  NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers.



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