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.

Early detection fact sheets

Read our available factsheets on the early detection of cancer.

Prostate cancer detection

Prostate cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death in Australia. Find information about the early detection of prostate cancer.

Screening programs

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