Web update: Participation in national cancer screening programs in 2014–2015 - Web update - Overview

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Web update: Participation in national cancer screening programs in 2014–2015

Overview

Australia’s national cancer screening programs aim to reduce illness and deaths from cancer through early detection of cancer or precancerous conditions in people who show no symptoms.

Local-level participation rates are presented for three national cancer screening programs: the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, BreastScreen Australia and the National Cervical Screening Program.

Participation rates are available for the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas and more than 300 smaller local areas across Australia, over the 2014 and 2015 calendar years.

The data show variation in participation rates for each program across PHN areas in 2014–2015:

  • Participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program was 38.9% nationally, with rates ranging from 28.7% (Northern Territory) to 46.7% (Country SA) across PHN areas
  • Participation in BreastScreen Australia was 53.7% nationally, with rates ranging from 35.5% (Northern Territory) to 62.7% (Northern Queensland) across PHN areas
  • Participation in the National Cervical Screening Program was 56.4% nationally, with rates ranging from 49.0% (Western Sydney (NSW)) to 63.5% (Murray (Vic, NSW)) across PHN areas.

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The participation rates in national cancer screening programs in 2014–2015 ranged across Primary Health Network areas:

  • For National Bowel Cancer Screening Program:
    • the national rate was 39%
    • the highest rate was 47% in Country SA
    • the lowest rate was 29% in Northern Territory.
  • For BreastScreen Australia:
    • the national rate was 54%
    • the highest rate was 63% in Northern Queensland
    • the lowest rate was 36% in Northern Territory.
  • For National Cervical Cancer Screening Program:
    • the national rate was 56%
    • the highest rate was 64% in Murray (Vic, NSW)
    • the lowest rate was 49% in Western Sydney (NSW).