Summary

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 (NCSP)
  • National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP)

High participation in cancer screening programs is needed to reap the greatest benefits in terms of reducing illness and death from these cancers (visit the AIHW report Analysis of cancer outcomes and screening behaviour for national cancer screening programs in Australia).

The latest participation data for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program are presented by state and territory, Primary Health Network (PHN), Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3) and Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2). These data cover the period up to 31 December 2017, and can be explored in the visualisations below.

The latest participation data for BreastScreen Australia and the National Cervical Screening Program are presented by Primary Health Network (PHN) and Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3). These data cover the period up to 31 December 2016 and can be found in the data tables. BreastScreen Australia and the National Cervical Screening Program data will be added into the visualisations using a staged approach for future releases of this report.