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. 

Cancer screening Quarterly data

Latest rates, trends & data visualisations.

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Latest findings

In April 2020, around 1,100 screening mammograms were performed, compared to more than 74,000 in April 2018

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

The number of bowel cancer screening tests did not clearly correspond with COVID-19 restrictions

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

Participation in cervical screening was higher in HPV-vaccinated women than in unvaccinated women

Related information regarding cancer outcomes can be found under Cancer.