Gynaecological cancer prevention programs
Cancer of the cervix is one of the most preventable of all cancers, with the new Cervical Screening Test able to detect the presence of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and find early changes to the cells long before cancer of the cervix develops. Cancer Council research indicates that, through a combination of the new Cervical Screening Test and the HPV vaccination, cervical cancer is expected to be eliminated as a public health issue in Australia by 2035.
Thanks to your support, Cancer Council SA is able to offer a range of activities to support the prevention and early detection of cervical cancer. We regularly attend events and present to community groups and workplaces to encourage women aged 25 and over to undertake a Cervical Screening Test every five years. We actively seek opportunities to raise awareness through media and social media campaigns, particularly during awareness weeks and months, which further helps to spread the word to the wider community.
We also encourage all people aged 50–74 years to complete a Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) at home every two years, using the free test kit which is sent to them in the mail through the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. We also develop media and social media campaigns, particularly during awareness weeks and months which further helps to spread the word to the wider community.
Thanks to your support, Cancer Council SA has been able to partner with SA Health, Country SA PHN and Adelaide PHN to develop a new, state-wide online campaign to raise awareness about the importance of the early detection of cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable of all cancers and, through a combination of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and the new Cervical Screening Test, Australia is set to be the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health issue.
Social marketing campaigns such as this are known to impact positively on screening rates, helping to save lives through early detection. Through your support, we will be able to continue to invest in campaigns like this in the future.
At least one third of cancer deaths in Australia are preventable, and while there are some cancer risk factors that we cannot control (such as age or family history), lifestyle has a big impact on cancer risk.
Through your support, Cancer Council SA is able to offer Cut Your Cancer Risk (CYCR) information sessions for workplaces, community, sporting and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups to help educate South Australians on how, through making healthy lifestyle changes, they can reduce their cancer risk.
CYCR presentations focus on prevention, cancer screening and modifiable lifestyle factors to reduce cancer risk. We also actively seek opportunities to raise awareness of cancer risk factors through media and social media campaigns, particularly during awareness weeks and months, to give all South Australians the best chance possible of a cancer free future.