Population Screening and Cancer Prevention is a department of the Tasmanian Health Service with a specific focus on cancer prevention, screening and early detection.The service delivers three national cancer screening programs in Tasmania:
BreastScreen Tasmania provides free screening mammograms for Tasmanian women at clinics in Hobart, Launceston and the mobile unit (19 locations state-wide). Each year, approximately 30 000 women receive a breast screening mammogram through the program.
Tasmanian Cervical Cancer Prevention Program
The Tasmanian Cervical Cancer Prevention Program is part of the National Cervical Screening Program and aims to prevent cervical cancer by detecting early pre-cancerous changes in the cervix.
The program recommends that women between aged between 18 and 69 years have a Pap smear every two years, including women who have had the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.As part of the program, the Tasmanian Cervical Screening Register keeps a confidential record of all cervical cancer test results in Tasmania and contacts women who are overdue for their next test to remind them to make an appointment with their doctor.
National Bowel Screening Program
The National Bowel Cancel Screening Program is an Australian Government initiative.
The program aims to reduce the rates of morbidity and mortality from bowel cancer in Australia through providing screening tests every five years to people aged 50 to 74 years (inclusive).