Early detection

Some cancers can be detected at an early stage when treatment is likely to be more effective. Tests have been developed that can detect these cancers well before any symptoms are present.

Screening tests are currently available for breast cancer, cervical cancer and bowel cancer.  These are national population-based screening programs provided free of charge for people who are eligible.

It is also a good idea to get to know your own body. If you notice any changes, such as a lump in your breast or testicle, or a spot growing on your skin, see your doctor.

The information contained in this section should not be used for individual medical advice. Please see your doctor if you have concerns or specific questions relating to your health.

General Advice

Treatment can be more effective when cancer is found early.

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Early Detection Factsheets

Cancer Council Australia has developed a series of fact sheets to answer questions you may have about the early detection of cancer

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Cancer screening

For information about cancer screening, please visit our Checkups and Screening page.

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