New project to combat poor cancer screening rates in Melbourne’s south-east

Tuesday 7 June, 2016

A new partnership and awareness campaign has been announced to encourage more residents of the Monash, Dandenong, Moorabbin, Caulfield, Cranbourne, Frankston and Pakenham regions to have regular cancer screening.

The project was launched at the Cranbourne Road Medical Centre in Frankston today by the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN) and Cancer Council Victoria.

It aims to increase awareness of the breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening programs and make it easier for doctors to promote cancer screening. This includes improvements to patient reminders and recall which reminds patients to screen every two years and ensures that patients with abnormal test results return to the practice for follow-up.

The project will be backed by a new campaign featuring print and digital ads largely targeted at residents of the City of Frankston, in a bid to lift bowel cancer screening rates.

Frankston has Victoria's lowest participation rate in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, with only 32.2% of residents completing the kit.

The campaign will be launched in late June, encouraging men and women aged 50 to 74 to do the at-home bowel screening kit provided by the Commonwealth Government when it is sent.

Elizabeth Deveny, CEO South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network, said the network is doing all it can to increase cancer screening rates in the area.

"We're working to make it easier for residents of Melbourne's south-east to get their breast, bowel and cervical screening – while making it easier for their doctors to promote these services," said Ms Deveny.

Kate Broun, Screening Manager at Cancer Council Victoria said that cancer screening is for healthy people who do not have symptoms.

"We're lucky in Australia to have three life-saving screening programs that can detect cancer early – or even prevent it," she said.

You can find a local health service in the SEMPHN region (including BreastScreen locations) and search for services that are open now, offer bulk billing, wheelchair access or female practitioners at www.semphn.org.au/

Local cancer screening statistics by LGA

Key statistics

Cancer screening participation rates in Victoria

 

Participation rate% (eligible people)

LGA

National Bowel Screen Program (2013–2014)

BreastScreen (2013–2014)

PapScreen (2012–2013)

Bayside

38.2%

54.0%*

74.0%

Cardinia

35.6%*

55.0%

58.2%*

Casey

32.8%^

53.0%*

57.7%*

Frankston

32.2%^

49.0%^

55.4%*

Glen Eira

33.2%*

54.0%*

64.9%

Greater Dandenong

33.7%*

49.0%^

55.2%*

Kingston

36.4%*

53.0%*

62.0%

Mornington Peninsula

38.6%

55.0%

65.0%

Port Phillip

34.1%*

45.0%^

62.7%

Stonnington

35.1%*

48.0%^

66.5%

Victorian average

37.6%

54.5%

60.4%

National average

36.0%

53.7%

58.2%

* Figures are below state averages
^ Among lowest 5 LGAs in the state

Source:

  • Bowel – Data provided to CCV from the NBCSP, citied in CCV Seeing Red report: National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Participation report. October 2015
  • Breast – BreastScreen Victoria, 2015
  • Cervical – Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry, Statistical report 2013

Cancer incidence and mortality in Victoria 2010–2014

 

New cases (2010–2014)

Deaths (2010–2014)

LGA

Bowel

Breast

Cervical

Bowel

Breast

Cervical

Bayside

84

106

18

27

18

#

Cardinia

41

42

18

13

10

6

Casey

122

142

41

41

21

9

Frankston

66

76

25

33

18

6

Glen Eira

85

95

15

30

22

6

Greater Dandenong

89

71

21

30

15

9

Kingston

98

104

18

40

25

#

Mornington Peninsula

145

141

30

48

26

11

Port Phillip

56

72

28

20

12

8

Stonnington

62

97

20

26

15

6

# denotes 5 or fewer cases/deaths in 2010–2014
Explanatory notes: The incidence and mortality figures displayed in the above table are raw unadjusted counts and have not been adjusted for each LGAs population size, age profile, ethnic mix, socioeconomic status, etc. These factors should be considered when interpreting these figures.
Source: Victorian Cancer Registry December 2014

Updated: 07 Jun, 2016