Cade Mooney

High rate of screenings for women in outer regional areas

SCREENING rates for breast cancer in outer regional areas was the highest of any region in 2010-11, data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare revealed on Wednesday.

In a fast-tracked release of BreastScreen Australia's national cancer screening data, the AIHW found that 59% of targeted women in outer regional areas of the country had a mammogram in 2010-11, ahead of the national average of 55%.

Rates for women in very remote areas reached $46%.

Of the 57% of women in the targeted age group screened for cervical cancer, pap tests led to the early detection of about 32,000 serious abnormalities, which could have otherwise led to cervical cancer.

Participation rates were similar across most regions, although those living in major cities and inner regional areas had a slightly higher rate of screening in 2010-11.