Overview

Population-based screening is an organised, systematic and integrated process of testing for signs of cancer or pre-cancerous conditions in populations without obvious symptoms. Programs target specific populations and/or age groups where evidence shows screening to be most effective.

More reports and statistics on cancer screening can be found under Cancer.

Featured reports

Latest findings

Cancers detected by screening have better outcomes; but effects of delayed screening will not be known for some time

There were fewer cervical screening tests in 2020 but COVID-19 impact cannot yet be quantified due to program change

Screen-detected cervical cancers less likely to cause death than cervical cancers diagnosed in never-screened women

Screen-detected bowel cancers less likely to cause death than bowel cancers diagnosed in people never invited to screen

Cancer screening Quarterly data

Latest rates, trends & data visualisations.

Highlights