Cancer screening

Research shows primary care plays a critical role in the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer. Endorsement by GPs and other primary care providers increase participation in breast, cervical and bowel screening programs. 

Primary Health Tasmania is committed to working to increase breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening rates across Tasmania, with a longer term aim of reducing the burden or morbidity and mortality from these cancers.

Primary Health Tasmania has developed a new resource to help Tasmanian general practices maximise their patients’ participation in the three national cancer screening programs.

You can check out the Cancer Screening Toolkit here.

What we do

Primary Health Tasmania works with key local bodies and the Tasmanian Health Service to provide education and communication about cancer screening to general practice and other primary health providers.

We do this by providing:

  • guidelines from a variety of authoritative sources
  • news about changes to local and national screening programs
  • access to face-to-face education events, as well as online training
  • training manuals about appropriate clinical software
  • access to relevant conference and event presentations.

Find Cancer Early project

Shortness of breath, blood in one’s urine, skin spots that have started to change shape — they’re things you may already know to look out for as potential early signs of cancer.

Even so, building community knowledge about a wide range of early warning signs is critical to helping people seek out medical and treatment in a timely way.

That’s why Primary Health Tasmania is supporting the Cancer Council Tasmania to run the Find Cancer Early project in the areas of Sorell, Dodges Ferry and Tasman Peninsula.

The project aims to increase awareness of the early signs and symptoms of the five most common cancers, and encourages people to seek medical help if they notice any of the symptoms.

Find out more about the project here, and access resources for health professionals here.

Get involved

Does your general practice want to know more about cancer screening? Primary Health Tasmania runs education events to support local practices.

To find out more, check out our events  or get in touch.