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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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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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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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