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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.

High participation in cancer screening programs is needed to reap the greatest benefits in terms of reducing illness and death from these cancers.


graphic showing 5 in 10 women (aged 20-69) had a mammogram in the last 2 years.

More than 5 in 10

women (54%) aged 50–69 had a mammogram through BreastScreen Australia in the last 2 years.


graphic showing 6 in 10 women (aged 20-69) had a Pap test in the last 2 years.

Nearly 6 in 10

women (57%) aged 20–69 had a Pap test in the last 2 years.


 

Cancer screening publications from AIHW