Screening programs aim to reduce the incidence and mortality from cancer.
If you are unsure when to screen, find out more information about Australia's three national cancer screening programs.
Please find below details of local events and screening opportunities. We encourage all residents of the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith to undertake regular screening that is relevant for them.
Breast Cancer Screening
BreastScreen NSW has temporarily suspended routine breast screening. This is to limit the transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and prioritise the wellbeing of women, staff and our community.
All women with cancelled appointments will be notified by BreastScreen NSW directly, as soon as possible.
Please call 13 20 50 if you require help or further information.
Breast Cancer Resources
Additional breast awareness and breast cancer information:
Bowel Cancer Screening Supported by the National Cancer Screening Register
From 18 November 2019, theNational Cancer Screening Register (the National Register) will begin supporting theNational Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP).
The National Register will support the NBCSP by:
- Collecting and storing NBCSP bowel cancer screening data.
- Inviting and reminding eligible people to participate (through integration with the Medicare database).
- Distributing iFOBT kits to eligible participants (a free test kit that can be completed at home and mailed to the contracted pathology laboratory for analysis).
- Providing the State and Territory Participant Follow-Up Function (PFUF) access to the National Register to facilitate their support and follow up of positive iFOBT results.
- Providing information on participants to healthcare providers.
Cervical Cancer Screening
The new National Cervical Cancer Screening Program recommends that all women aged between 25 and 74 years that have ever been sexually active should have a Cervical Screening Test every five years (if their results are normal and they do not have HPV).
Cervical Screening tests can be performed by GPs and nurses from General Practices, Community/Women’s Health Centres, Family Planning Centres, Sexual Health Clinics, Aboriginal Medical Service and Gynaecologist/specialist clinics.
The Inner Circle website provides cervical screening information for LGBTIQ people with a cervix.
Local Cervical Cancer Screening Directory
Find a cervical screening provider.
Your test can be performed by a variety of providers including a local doctor or nurse. You don’t have to visit a gynaecologist or other specialist, and it will only take a few minutes.