Screening and early detection

Early detection of cancer can significantly improve outcomes for patients.

We manage bowel, breast and cervical screening programs to identify these cancers early.

Screening and early detection

Why is cancer screening so important?

People with breast, cervical and bowel cancers detected through national cancer screening programs have better cancer survival outcomes than those diagnosed who had never been screened.

In 2018, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) conducted an analysis of cancer outcomes and screening behaviour for national cancer screening programs in Australia.

Cancer screening can help detect cancers early, even before you have any symptoms of the disease.

Screening programs offer free tests that detect cancers in the early stages - this  means people have more effective treatment options, and better outcomes.

We work to raise awareness of the early symptoms of cancer and encourage people to take appropriate action if they identify these symptoms.