Overview

Population-based screening is an organised, systematic and integrated process of testing for signs of cancer or pre-cancerous conditions in populations without obvious symptoms. Programs target specific populations and/or age groups where evidence shows screening to be most effective.

More reports and statistics on cancer screening can be found under Cancer.

Featured reports

Latest findings

The number of bowel cancer screening tests did not clearly correspond with COVID-19 restrictions

In April 2020, around 1,100 screening mammograms were performed, compared to more than 74,000 in April 2018

Screen-detected breast cancers less likely to cause death than breast cancers diagnosed in never-screened women

Participation in cervical screening was higher in HPV-vaccinated women than in unvaccinated women

Cancer screening Quarterly data

Latest rates, trends & data visualisations.

Highlights