National cancer screening programs are available in Australia to detect bowel, breast and cervical cancer. These cancers are very treatable when found early.
Cancer screening tests are available free of charge to eligible people. The aim of cancer screening tests is to detect very early cancers in healthy individuals, who do not have symptoms. Research shows that these cancer screening tests are the best tools available for detecting breast, bowel, and cervical cancer early, saving more lives.
Cancer Council SA recommends:
- that men and women aged 50–74 complete a Faecal Occult Blood Test through the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program every two years to find the early signs of bowel cancer.
- that women aged 50-74 have a breast screen with BreastScreen SA every two years to detect breast cancer early.
- that women and people with a cervix aged 25-74 have a Cervical Screening Test (sometimes called a Well Women’s Check) through a doctor’s clinic or women’s health clinic every five years to check the health of their cervix.
As a health professional, you can play an important role in encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients to participate in the national cancer screening programs.
The videos below provide more information about the cancer screening programs and include tips on encouraging your clients to participate.