Cancer Screening

Program Officer
Alison - 9330 9957 |

On average, one-in-two people in NSW will be diagnosed with a form of cancer by the age of 85 (CINSW 2018). Cancer is now the largest cause of mortality in Australia, surpassing cardiovascular disease (AIHW 2016).

Improving cancer screening rates and reducing cancer risk in our population are therefore key priorities. Cancer screening programs are key to reducing mortality.

Population-based screening is where a screening test is offered systematically to all individuals in the defined target group (following a quality management framework).

There are three population-based cancer screening programs in Australia for bowel, breast and cervical cancer. Population-based cancer screening is the ‘use of simple tests across a healthy population in order to identify individuals who have disease, but do not yet have symptoms’ (WHO 2015).

Our Cancer Screening and Prevention Programs work with primary care and other key stakeholders to increase cancer screening rates and reduce the prevalence of specific risk factors in target populations. In particular, our cancer screening and prevention programs aim to improve participation in the three national screening programs. This involves integrated, cancer-focused strategies in program areas such as quality improvement, chronic disease management, and practice management and accreditation.



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