Research Institute in Oncology and Hematology

Dr Kathleen Decker

Epidemiology and Screening

Dr Kathleen Decker, PhD
675 McDermot Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9
Email: Dr Kathleen Decker, PhD


Dr. Decker is a senior epidemiologist in the Epidemiology and Cancer Registry Department at CancerCare Manitoba. She has worked with Manitoba screening programs to conduct program evaluation and research since 1995. Dr. Decker is an Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. She is also Chair of the Pan-Canadian Cervical Cancer Screening Network. Her research interests include cancer epidemiology, cancer screening, chronic disease prevention, and inequities in health care use. Dr. Decker holds a PhD in Community Health Sciences and Epidemiology from the University of Manitoba. She has a Master's degree from Dalhousie University and an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo.

Team Members

Publications Since 2010

PubMed Listed Publications
  1. Cancer incidence, mortality, and stage at diagnosis in First Nations living in Manitoba. Decker KM, Kliewer EV, Demers AA, Fradette K, Biswanger N, Musto G, Elias B, Turner D. Curr Oncol. 2016 Aug;23(4):225-32. doi: 10.3747/co.23.2906. Epub 2016 Aug 12.

  2. Reducing income-related inequities in colorectal cancer screening: lessons learned from a retrospective analysis of organised programme and non-programme screening delivery in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Decker KM, Demers AA, Nugent Z, Biswanger N, Singh H. BMJ Open. 2016 Feb 23;6(2):e009470. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009470.

  3. Longitudinal Rates of Colon Cancer Screening Use in Winnipeg, Canada: The Experience of a Universal Health-Care System with an Organized Colon Screening Program. Decker KM, Demers AA, Nugent Z, Biswanger N, Singh H. Am J Gastroenterol. 2015 Dec;110(12):1640-6. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2015.206. Epub 2015 Jul 14.

  4. Mammography rates for breast cancer screening: a comparison of First Nations women and all other women living in Manitoba, Canada, 1999-2008. Demers AA, Decker KM, Kliewer EV, Musto G, Shu E, Biswanger N, Fradette K, Elias B, Griffith J, Turner D. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015 May 28;12:E82. doi: 10.5888/pcd12.140571.

  5. Performance measures related to colposcopy for canadian cervical cancer screening programs: identifying areas for improvement. Decker KM, McLachlin CM, Lotocki R; Pan-Canadian Cervical Cancer Screening Network Monitoring Program Performance Working Group. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2015 Mar;37(3):245-51.

  6. Colorectal cancer screening in first nations people living in Manitoba. Decker KM, Demers AA, Kliewer EV, Musto G, Shu E, Biswanger N, Elias B, Griffith J, Turner D. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Jan;24(1):241-8. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-14-1008. Epub 2014 Oct 21.

  7. Pap test use and cervical cancer incidence in First Nations women living in Manitoba. Decker KM, Demers AA, Kliewer EV, Biswanger N, Musto G, Elias B, Griffith J, Turner D. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2015 Jan;8(1):49-55. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-14-0277. Epub 2014 Nov 17.

  8. Self-esteem and social support as moderators of depression, body image, and disordered eating for suicidal ideation in adolescents. Brausch AM, Decker KM. J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2014;42(5):779-89. doi: 10.1007/s10802-013-9822-0.

  9. Reducing inequities in colorectal cancer screening in North America. Decker KM, Singh H. J Carcinog. 2014 Nov 14;13:12. doi: 10.4103/1477-3163.144576. eCollection 2014. Review.

  10. Evaluating the effectiveness of cervical cancer screening invitation letters. Decker KM, Turner D, Demers AA, Martens PJ, Lambert P, Chateau D. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2013 Aug;22(8):687-93. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2012.4203.

  11. Human papillomavirus type 38 E6 and E7 act as tumour promoters during chemically induced skin carcinogenesis. Viarisio D, Decker KM, Aengeneyndt B, Flechtenmacher C, Gissmann L, Tommasino M. J Gen Virol. 2013 Apr;94(Pt 4):749-52. doi: 10.1099/vir.0.048991-0. Epub 2012 Dec 5.

  12. Risk of suicidal ideation in adolescents with both self-asphyxial risk-taking behavior and non-suicidal self-injury. Brausch AM, Decker KM, Hadley AG. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2011 Aug;41(4):424-34. doi: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2011.00042.x. Epub 2011 Jun 1.

Research Funding

Rates and predictors of health care use prior to a colorectal cancer diagnosis: a population-based study to assess potential missed opportunities for earlier diagnosis
CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Operating Grant
2016 - 2018

RIOH gratefully acknowledges the generous support of

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