On average, one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with a form of cancer during their lifetime. Cancer is now the largest cause of disease in Australia, surpassing cardiovascular disease (Cancer Institute NSW).
Accordingly, improving cancer screening rates and reducing cancer risk amongst our population are key priorities.
Our Cancer Programs work with primary care and other key stakeholders to increase cancer screening rates and reduce the prevalence of specific risk factors amongst target populations. In particular, our cancer screening and prevention program aims to improve participation in the three national screening programs: cervical, breast and bowel, as well as supporting skin cancer prevention and smoking cessation. This involves integrated cancer focussed strategies in program areas such as quality improvement, chronic disease management, and practice management and accreditation.