Cancer screening programs

Cancer screening programs aim to reduce illness and death resulting from cancer through an organised approach to screening. Australia has three cancer screening programs:

  • BreastScreen Australia
  • National Cervical Screening Program
  • National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

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

The latest participation data by Primary Health Network (PHN) and Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3) are presented for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, BreastScreen Australia, and the National Cervical Screening Program. Additional participation data by state and territory and Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) are also presented for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.