A record number of cancer screenings during the last few months will mean that more Tasmanian women are likely to survive breast and cervical cancer says minister for health Michelle O'Byrne.
Awareness campaigns throughout May and June has seen an increase in breast screening, with almost 700 women getting checked during July and August says Ms O'Byrne.
August had record numbers for the BreastScreen program, with nearly 3,000 women screening for breast cancer. There was also growth in women visiting their GPs for cervical cancer tests.
"This increase in screening is significant because early detection improves survival rates – it really does save lives," Ms O'Byrne said.
"Screening and early detection increases survival rates because early stage cancers can be treated more successfully."
Ms O'Byrne said this is especially so with cervical cancer, where pap smears can detect early abnormalities, that if treated, can prevent the disease.
A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released on September 20, found that breast cancer is among one of the four most common cancers, alongside prostate cancer, bowel cancer and melanoma of the skin.
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