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Increasing Breast Cancer Screening Rates

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a reminder that primary healthcare practitioners play an important role in providing support and encouragement to women to attend, and continue to participate in breast screening.

Regular two-yearly mammograms for all woman over 40 years remains the clinically recommended method of detecting breast cancer early. Research undertaken by BreastScreen NSW has shown that GPs have a significant influence in a woman’s decision to screen, with women more likely to have a mammogram if advised to do so by their GP.

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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness month and a reminder that while some people may find it embarrassing, bowel cancer is a topic that should be discussed with your doctor, especially when you are over 50 years of age.

If found early, 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated. Yet, bowel cancer screening rates remain low when compared to other cancers, despite the introduction of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) which offers a free ‘at home’ screening kit to eligible Australians aged 50 - 74 years old.

Bowel Cancer is Australia's second deadliest cancer, claiming the lives of over 80 Australians every week. In our region, bowel cancer screening rates remain lower than the state average at 36.6%, compared to the NSW average of 37.8%

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Hawkesbury is a Bowel Cancer Hot Spot

This Seniors Week, we want the message out there that cancer screening saves lives.

Recent data projections released by Cancer Institute NSW has found that by the end of the year, the Hawkesbury will have the highest rate of bowel cancer in the Sydney region. If found early, 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated. Yet, bowel cancer screening rates remain low when compared to other cancers, despite the introduction of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) which offers a free ‘at home’ screening kit to eligible Australians aged 50 - 74 years old.

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Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program

Despite cancer screening being linked to reductions in mortality and increases in survival rates through the early detection and treatment of cancer, our region’s cervical screening participation rates have been declining.

This week is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week, in close proximity to the commencement of the Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program from 1 December, when the two yearly Pap test for women aged 18 to 69 years will change to a five yearly Cervical Screening Test for the human papillomavirus (HPV) for women aged 25 to 74.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I am a true believer in health screening. Statistics confirm that screening plays a pivotal role in reducing mortality rates through the early detection and treatment of cancer, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the perfect time to remind everyone of this fact. 

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Cancer Screening Program on a Winning Streak

Our Cancer Screening program team recently attended the sixth annual 2017 Innovations in Cancer Treatment and Care Conference in Sydney, which brings together NSW health professionals to learn and share the latest innovations in quality cancer treatment and care.

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Raising breast screening awareness in Lithgow

I am a real advocate of health screening programs. Statistics confirm that screening plays a key role in reducing mortality rates through the early detection and treatment of cancer.

In short, cancer screening saves lives and is a priority in our region, as we have communities with some of the lowest screening rates in Australia.

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Lizz Reay is the CEO of Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network. Previously Deputy CEO of Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local & Nepean Division of General Practice, she has an extensive background in public health.
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