On average, one-in-two people in NSW will be diagnosed with a form of cancer by the age of 85 (CINSW 2018). Cancer is now the largest cause of mortality in Australia, surpassing cardiovascular disease (AIHW 2016).
South Western Sydney PHN (SWSPHN) aims to work collaboratively with general practice and the other stakeholders to improve cancer screening rates and reduce cancer risk amongst our target population.
In order to achieve this, SWSPHN is undertaking a cancer screening project which aims to improve participation in the three national screening programs; cervical, breast and bowel cancer screening.
Increasing participation in these three national screening programs can lead to earlier detection of cancer and in turn help to increase the survival rate for people diagnosed with cancer and to lead to better outcomes and improved quality of life.