There are more than 200 different types of cancer that can develop throughout the body, each with unique ways of behaving and growing. In Australia, regular screening is recommended for the early detection of many common types of cancer. Bowel cancer screening, breast cancer screening, and skin cancer screening are all commonly performed.
Although screening for these cancers has proven to be very effective, screening is not as successful for all cancer types.
With 1 in 2 Australians diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85, it’s never been more important to understand the types of cancer screening recommended in Australia and the benefits and risks.