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 is for all women aged 40 years and over, but especially for women aged 50-74 years.
Phone 13 20 50 to make an appointment for your FREE screening mammogram.
Finding breast cancer early provides the best chance of surviving the disease. Remember you don’t need to be an expert or use a special technique to check your breasts.
Changes to look for include:
- a new lump or lumpiness, especially if it's only in one breast
- a change in the size or shape of your breast
- a change to the nipple, such as crusting, ulcer, redness or inversion
- a nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing
- a change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling
- an unusual pain that doesn't go away.
Most changes aren’t due to breast cancer but it’s important to see your doctor without delay if you notice any of these changes.*
*Cancer Australia website
Local Clinic Screening Services
- Katoomba: BCI Sunflower Clinic Blue Mountains Hospital Ground floor, Woodlands Road every Tuesday and Thursday (9am – 4pm)
- Penrith: MYER Penrith, 585 High St, Penrith, NSW 2750. Open Monday to Friday
(9:30am - 5pm), Saturday (9am - 4:30pm), and every alternate Sunday (10am - 4:30pm) and Thursday (late night shopping: 11:30 am - 7:00 pm)
- Windsor: St John of God, Windsor open from 13 Jan - 6 Feb 2020
- Lithgow: Lithgow Valley Plaza open from 15 - 24 Jan 2020
- Springwood: Macquarie Road, Springwood (in the Northern Car Park) open from 11 -20 Feb 2020
Blue Mountains resident and cancer survivor, Gabrielle Moran, shares her story and the importance of regular screening:
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.