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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. 

Tests are currently available through national population-based screening programs for breast cancer, cervical cancer and bowel cancer. These tests are 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 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.


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General advice

Treatment can be more effective when cancer is found early. Find out what changes to your body you should watch out for.
More about general advice

Early detection fact sheets

Read our available fact sheets on the early detection of cancer.
More about early detection fact sheets

Screening programs

Information and resources about the national screening programs available in Australia.
More about screening programs


This page was last updated on: Sunday, August 19, 2012