Cancer Screening

Cancer screening can help protect your health through early detection, even if you don’t have any symptoms of the disease. Simple screening tests look for particular changes and early signs of cancer before it has developed or before any symptoms emerge.

Page last updated: 31 March 2020

Important message about cancer screening during COVID-19 pandemic

The Department of Health is closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the national cancer screening programs. We are taking advice from our clinical expert advisory groups on how best to manage each program as the pandemic continues, and will update this website as information becomes available.

For updates on the status of each program and how you may be affected, check the Breast, Bowel and Cervical screening program pages. For further information on COVID-19, visit the Department of Health website or call the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 020 080.

BreastScreen Australia

Breast Screening
BreastScreen Australia aims to reduce illness and death from breast cancer by actively recruiting and screening women aged 50-74 for early detection of the disease.

National Bowel Cancer
Screening Program

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program aims to reduce illness and death from bowel cancer by offering people aged 50 to 74 years a free screening test to complete in the privacy of their own home.

National Cervical
Screening Program

National Cervical Screening Program
The National Cervical Screening Program aims to reduce illness and death from cervical cancer, in a cost-effective manner, through a more organised approach to cervical screening.

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