Research indicates that the earlier someone is diagnosed with cancer, the better their treatment options and overall health outcomes are likely to be.
before they cause symptoms, and when treatment is likely to be more successful. Screening is also used to find pre-cancerous lesions which can be treated to prevent them from progressing to cancer.
In Australia, there are national screening programs for breast, cervical and bowel cancers.
Overall key findings:
- Between 2012–2013 and 2017–2018, participation in BreastScreen increased for NSW women aged 50–74 years.*
- Between 2012–2013 and 2017–2018, participation in BreastScreen also improved for the following community groups:
- Aboriginal women – an increase of almost 2,600 screens, in the last five‑year period.
- multicultural women – an increase of more than 23,000 screens, in the last five-year period.
- For people aged 50–74 years in NSW, participation in bowel screening increased from 33% in 2013 to 39.5% in 2018.
* In 2013, the target age range for BreastScreen Australia was extended to include women aged 70–74. From this time, BreastScreen NSW has progressively extended invitations to screen to the 70–74 age group. Since 2018, the age range reported has been updated from 50-69 to 50-74 years.