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Cancer screening programs aim to reduce illness and death resulting from cancer through an organised approach to screening. Australia has three cancer screening programs:
Measures of participation in cancer screening programs tell us how many people participate in these programs, and whether factors such as remoteness, socioeconomic status or Indigenous status mean that people are more likely to miss out on the benefits of screening.
The latest national participation data for Australia’s breast and cervical cancer screening programs are for 2011 and 2012, and have been released ahead of other cancer screening data to provide early access to this information. Detailed analyses are provided annually in comprehensive monitoring reports, scheduled for release in May 2014 (National Cervical Screening Program) and October 2014 (BreastScreen Australia).
women aged 20–69 in Australia (58%) had a Pap test in 2011 or 2012. That is more than 3.7 million women.
women aged 50–69 in Australia (55%) had a mammogram through BreastScreen Australia in 2011 or 2012. That is just over 1.4 million women.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women aged 50–69 (38%) had a mammogram through BreastScreen Australia in 2011 or 2012. That is around 13,000 women.