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. 

Cancer screening Quarterly data

Latest rates, trends & data visualisations.

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40.9% of the 6.1 million people invited to screen between January 2020 and December 2021 participated in the NBCSP

More than 4.2 million cervical screening participants aged 25–74 in 2018–2021

Cervical screening test positivity was 11% in 2021

43.8% of the 5.8 million people invited to screen between January 2019 and December 2020 participated in the NBCSP

77% of people who have previously participated in the NBCSP participated again in 2019–2020

In 2018, of all breast cancer cases in women aged 50–74, 49% were detected through BreastScreen Australia

Related information regarding cancer outcomes can be found under Cancer.