Cancer Institute NSW

12/09/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/08/2019 22:19

Connecting multicultural communities with cancer screening

Cancer screening resources are now accessible to more people in NSW - an important new step in empowering local communities and improving cancer outcomes across the state.

Developed by the Cancer Institute NSW in collaboration with multicultural groups, the What is cancer screening?' brochure and online resource is available in 15 languages, including five emerging languages.

It explains bowel, breast and cervical cancer and the screening programs available in NSW - aiming to answer common questions and help more people make informed decisions about their health.

Cancer screening can help detect cancers early, improving outcomes for people across NSW, but more people need to take part - especially in multicultural communities.

See the PDF resources now:

Professor David Currow, Chief Cancer Officer and CEO of the Cancer Institute NSW, says people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are a priority for the Institute.

'We know multicultural people and migrant groups are less likely to participate in cancer screening for many complex reasons,' Professor Currow says.

'It's crucial we continue finding new ways to connect with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and to support them to make informed decisions.

'The brochure is one way to empower these groups to make their health a priority.'

Screening participation rates remain lower for many multicultural groups. Currently bowel screening is between 25-34 per cent, compared to 41 per cent of those who are eligible age in the general population1.

Encouragingly, more multicultural women are participating in breast screening but participation rates are still lower than the general population.

'Most people diagnosed with these cancers do recover. Screening is a crucial step in giving people the best chance of detection and treatment of cervical, bowel or breast cancer,' Professor Currow says.

'We work closely with communities, service providers, and health providers to develop the appropriate resources linked to shifts in community needs for information.'

1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's latest National Bowel Cancer Screening Program monitoring report (2019)