Encourage patients to participate in bowel, breast and cervical cancer screening programs. Cancer screening allows for prevention, early detection, and timely treatment. Australia has three national cancer screening programs:
- National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP)
- National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP)
- BreastScreen Australia.
Australia’s three national cancer screening programs have been highly successful in reducing illness and deaths from bowel, cervical and breast cancer, however many more Australian lives can be saved by increasing engagement in screening. The number one factor influencing a person’s decision to screen is endorsement by a GP or nurse. Have you come across these situations?
- A patient refuses a cervical screening test. You know of self-collection but are unsure of the safety and efficacy of the test and concerned you won’t be able to visually inspect other signs. Should you offer self-collection?
- Your patient is over 60 and had a colonoscopy that was normal 2 years ago for symptoms that have resolved. When should he be doing his next FOBT?
This course will address such challenges, dispel myths and uncertainties around screening, offer tips to boost screening, and provide further resources for your practice.