Cancer screening to be a major health focus in our region
The project is being led by Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN) who was recently selected as one of four PHNs in NSW to receive a Cancer Screening and Prevention Grant by the Cancer Institute NSW to improve the early detection and early treatment of cancer through increased participation in the National Cancer Screening programs.
The project will work with and support local doctors and nurses in General Practice to remind their patients when they are next due for a cancer screening test.
NBMPHN will also develop an electronic directory of cervical screening providers in the Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Hawkesbury and Penrith local government areas, to help women find a local cervical screening provider if their own GP does not offer cervical screening.
Recent National statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that Nepean Blue Mountains region has the fourth lowest participation rate for breast cancer screening (out of 31 Primary Health Network regions in Australia). Our region has similarly low participation for cervical and bowel cancer screening programs.
“Cancer screening is important because it saves lives”, says Lizz Reay, NBMPHN CEO.
“For example, since the introduction of the National Cervical Screening Program in 1991, mortality from cervical cancer has more than halved.”
Across the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith areas, BreastScreen NSW is offering FREE breast screening mammograms at various locations in Penrith, Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Hawkesbury to all women aged 40 and over, and in particular encourage women aged 50-74 years to participate.
For further information about screening, residents can visit www.nbmphn.com.au/cancerscreening or talk to their GP.
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