Cancer screening

COORDINARE is working with local community and health care providers to increase cancer screening rates across a range of demographics; from older people, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. 

Some useful information and resources for you to learn more about cancer screening are included below. Information for health professionals around cancer screening is available on our website here.

Information and resources for you to learn more about breast cancer screening include:

  • NSW Breastscreen provides a free mammogram for any asymptomatic woman over 40, every two years. The target age group is 50-74 years. For online bookings, click here.
  • Information is also available in other languages, as well as videos and information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
  • Sydney North PHN developed a video about breast cancer screening, called 'Regular cancer screening may save your life'. Click here to watch Regina Marchant’s breast screening and early detection story.
  • This video provides a guide to women from Arabic and Mandarin-speaking communities on the importance of breast screening. For women aged 50-74, regular screening mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early, before any symptoms are noticed. Early detection is more likely to result in successful treatment.

Information and resources for you to learn more about bowel cancer screening include:

  • Bowel cancer screening is recommended every two years for Australians aged 50-74. A short video showing how to do the bowel test is available here.
  • Download or order resources from the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program website, including translated materials and resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Resources are available on the Cancer Institute NSW website.
  • The Indigenous Bowel Screening website is a comprehensive library of information, resources and videos for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Information and resources for you to learn more about cervical cancer screening include:

Other useful resources include:

  • NSW Cancer Council provides support for people with cancer, find out more here.
  • Resources regarding prevention, screening and treatment of breast, cervical, bowel and other cancers can be found on the Cancer Institute NSW website and on the National Cancer Screening webpage.
  • The lead cancer control agency, Cancer Australia, work with key stakeholders, service providers and those affected by cancer.
  • Family Planning NSW Just Checking website provides a range of resources on cervical, breast and bowel screening designed by and for people with intellectual disability.
  • You can request a NSW Quitline call back via iCanQuit or contact the NSW Quitline directly on 13 7848.
  • Waminda, South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District video Our Health, Our Cancer Journey, features stories of local Aboriginal people diagnosed with cancer and accompanies a cancer care diary.
  • Yarn For Life - 'It's ok to talk about cancer': information and support for people impacted by cancer.
  • A number of 'Screening Saves Lives' videos have been developed for South-East Asian, Nepalese and Bangladeshi communities.
  • Print resources on cancer screening are available for download in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Nepali, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese here.