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Through our Aboriginal Cancer Screening Program, we work collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a respectful and meaningful way to improve health outcomes and education among women of all ages around ways to cut their cancer risk.

Our programs cover cancer risk factors, early detection, ongoing treatment and support services, ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have better outcomes when it comes to preventing or surviving a cancer diagnosis.

About the program

Cancer Council SA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Screening program aims to promote bowel and breast screening along with well women’s checks. We can also facilitate connections with health professionals and organisations who can provide these checks.

All women:
• Aged 25-74 should book a well women’s check every two to five years.
• Aged 50-74 should have a free screening mammogram every two years through BreastScreen SA (women from 40 years are also eligible to attend).
• Aged 50-74 should book a bowel cancer screening test every two years.

About Yarning circles

Enabling people to have a yarn and discuss their challenges or questions face to face is what Cancer Council SA’s Yarning Circles are all about.

Held as a part of the Aboriginal Cancer Screening Program and funded by Adelaide PHN, the program, which launched in 2018, provides a way to comfortably connect with the community and break down any barriers or fears that may exist with regards to cancer.

The Yarning Circles are run by trained Aboriginal Community Ambassadors and touch on topics including cancer screening and cancer risk factors.

In the sessions, Community Ambassadors also address common cancer myths and answer any and all questions about cancer.

Register your interest

To register your interest please email Nora Sevallos, Aboriginal Programs Project Officer.

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Healthy Lifestyles (cancer prevention) flyers


A4 poster series

7 Ways to reduce your Cancer risk

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Ask me about cancer screening – Bowel, Breast and Well Women’s Checks

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Ask me about cancer screening – Bowel and Men’s Health & Wellbeing Checks

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Poster - Your bowel cancer home screening test

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More culturally appropriate resources

Visit SA Health for more bowel screening resources, including a printable handout for Aboriginal men and women on how to do the test and what happens when the result is positive.

To order a demonstration bowel cancer home test kit email NBCSP@health.gov.au.

For more resources for general practice and Aborginal Health Organstions visit the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.