News Stories

Cancer screening to be a major health focus in our region

Source: Wentworth Healthcare
Archived 3 Apr 2017 - Posted: 4 Feb 2017
With our cancer screening rates lower than the state average, residents in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith areas are being encouraged to talk to their GP about bowel, cervical and breast cancer screening as an important part of their healthcare through a new project that will be rolled-out in our region over the next two years.

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.

 
Del Rio Riverside Resort Del Rio Riverside Resort Del Rio Riverside Resort Del Rio Riverside Resort

Recent News

Summer Art Exhibition: I hope you get this: Raquel Ormella
Summer Art Exhibition: I hope you get this: Raquel Ormella
I hope you get this: Raquel Ormella is the new Summer exhibition featuring...
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Forum
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Forum
Wentworth Healthcare are working with Nepean Blue Mountains LHD to develop...
Rockpool’s Bavarian Restaurants Give Away 3,400 Chicken Schnitzels Across the Country
Rockpool’s Bavarian Restaurants Give Away 3,400 Chicken Schnitzels Across the Country
Rockpool’s Bavarian restaurants serve up a legendary summer menu
Give...
Animal Owners Urged to be Prepared
Animal Owners Urged to be Prepared
Evacuation centres for owners of large animals in the Greater Sydney region...
Closed Parks: Park Closed Due to Extreme Fire Weather
Closed Parks: Park Closed Due to Extreme Fire Weather
Due to the current fire emergency, NPWS will expand closures of national...

What's New

Luxury Mini-Bus, Bus and Coach Hire
Luxury Mini-Bus, Bus and Coach Hire
Good Az Gold Tours and Transfers Whatever reason you need bus/coach hire, we're the team who’ll get you to your chosen destination on time and safely!
Looking to hold your next function?
Looking to hold your next function?
Carousel Inn Fit up to 200 people at the Carousel Lounge; Engagements, Christenings, Anniversaries, Confirmations, parties.....
Conveyancing Made Easy
Conveyancing Made Easy
Think Conveyancing Hawkesbury A conveyancing-only law firm, where top priority is to maximise your savings while minimising your legal risk. Call now.
Health, Meditation & Yoga Retreat
Health, Meditation & Yoga Retreat
Billabong Retreat Sydney Amazing organic spa cuisine, nature setting, resort style swimming pool, yoga, meditation.
Winter warmer weekends available
Winter warmer weekends available
Yanada Yoga, Meditation and self-care retreats ... holiday rentals, bed & breakfast and private events.
Also in this Section

Have You Visited

Announcement
Luxury Mini-Bus, Bus and Coach HireWhatever reason you need bus/coach hire, we're the team who’ll get you to your chosen destination on time and safely!View Good Az Gold Tours and Transfers »