The Ontario breast screening program (OBSP) is a provincial breast screening programme offering two view mammography, clinical breast examination, instruction in breast self examination, and systematic two year recall to Ontario women 50 years and older. This paper presents the results of the programme's intermediate outcomes from 1990 to 1995 and compares them with recommended standards and other published programmes.
Programme data from a provincial screening programme in a large Canadian province were collated from 18 sites in operation between July 1990 and December 1995.
In its first five years of operation, 215,738 screens were performed on 142,173 women. The referral rates for initial and rescreens are 13.8% and 8.6% respectively. A total of 1718 women were diagnosed with cancer, 1325 at initial screens and 393 at rescreens, resulting in cancer detection rates of 9.3 and 5.3/1000. The cancer detection rates for invasive cancers were 8.3/1000 at initial screens and 4.5/1000 at rescreens. The benign to malignant biopsy ratio was 1.5:1 at initial screens and 1.3:1 at rescreens. Of the 1358 cancers diagnosed at initial screens, 11.6% were in situ and 50.3% of invasive cancers of known size were