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Aboriginal health checks

Cancer is the second most common cause of death among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is anticipated to become the primary cause of death in the next 10 years.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people diagnosed with cancer are usually younger, have more advanced and more lethal types of cancers than other Australians and are significantly less likely to survive five years after their initial cancer diagnosis.

Community education

Wellbeing SA has Aboriginal men’s and Aboriginal women’s screening officers who run education sessions with communities across the state.

In addition One Stop Screening Shops offer multiple cancer screenings on the same day, at the same location, to attempt to reduce the incidence of cancer, in Aboriginal communities.

Types of screening available include:

  • cervical, bowel and breast cancer screening for women
  • bowel screening for men.

These cancers have strong evidence of screening effectiveness and are the only cancers screened under the national population based screening programs (PDF 524KB).

This Wellbeing SA led project is being implemented in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled and Aboriginal primary care services.

Aboriginal Health Services can register interest in running a One Stop Screening shop, or invite Aboriginal screening staff to run education sessions by contacting via email: WellbeingSACANCERSCREENING@sa.gov.au

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