South Western Sydney PHN is committed to improving the cancer screening rates across the district with a particular focus on improving Cervical, Bowel and Breast screening rates where we currently fall below NSW state average.
- Around 80 Australians die of bowel cancer every week. Bowel screening is recommended from 50 years and repeated every two years. Eligible Australians will be sent a free test kit, also available for purchase. More information on test kits and screening from Bowel Cancer Australia.
- One in eight women in NSW will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Screening can detect cancers before they can be felt. Screening via a mammogram recommended for women aged 50-74 every two years. No referral needed call Breast Screen NSW on 132050 for an appointment. More info available on their website.
- Current recommended Cervical screening via PAP smear test is for women aged from ages 18-20 every two years. This test can be performed by your GP, certified clinic nurse or women’s health centre. More information can be found at Cancer Screening.