World Leading Cancer Care

A further $226 million will be invested to improve cancer care for Australians.

Prostate cancer research

A new Prostate Cancer Research Centre will be introduced at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre in Darlinghurst. The funding for this and two existing centres in VIC and QLD will amount to $18.5 million over four years.

Breast cancer screening

The age range for early detection screening will be extended from 50-69 to 50-74 years of age. The $55.7 million of extra funding will see 145,000 extra women screened over four years.

The McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurses will receive $19.5 million over four years to continue to expand the program.

Lung cancer support

Cancer Australia will receive $5.9 million over four years to develop improved care for the estimated 100,000 people diagnosed with lung cancer each year

Bowel cancer screening

A further $16.1 million will be invested to enhance the electronic reporting by health professionals to the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Register. It will also cover the additional kits required due to higher population estimates. The program covers eligible Australians aged 50,55,60,65 and from 2015, 70 years of age.

Written by Debbie McTaggart