Increasing early detection
Early detection has a significant impact on cancer outcomes.
- Breast screening can find cancers before they can be felt or noticed
- Pap tests pick up cell changes that can be treated before cervical cancer develops
- Diagnosing bowel cancer in the early stages means an almost 90% chance of survival beyond five years.
The NSW Cancer Plan sets out activities to increase the early detection of breast, bowel and cervical cancers through the statewide implementation of national screening programs.
The Plan focuses on priority populations—those most at risk of cancer—as well as the general community. Activities will aim to increase participation, engage with the community to improve programs, as well as developing new evidence.
NSW Cancer Plan actions
- Implementing and evaluating the National breast, cervical and bowel cancer screening programs.
- Ensuring screening programs have the necessary capacity and capability to support increased participation.
- Generating and using new evidence to inform and improve the delivery of breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening programs.
- Engaging with the community, and people in the relevant age groups, in the development and implementation of breast, bowel and cervical screening programs.
- Developing, implementing and evaluating comprehensive social marketing programs to encourage breast, cervical and bowel cancer screening.
- Partnering with primary health care providers to promote and encourage breast, cervical and bowel cancer screening.
The indicators below are used to track and report on the progress of this objective
- Cervical screening participation rates and numbers
- Bowel screening participation rates and numbers
- Breast cancer screening participation rates and numbers
- Number of eligible women who have never attended BreastScreen NSW
- Breast screening participation rates by Aboriginal adults
- Breast screening participation rates by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities