Cancer and oncology
About one in three South Australians experience cancer during their lifetime. The impact of cancer extends well beyond the person directly affected and touches family members, friendship groups, work colleagues and in the case of children, school communities.
All the evidence shows that the early detection plus new and innovative treatment of cancers over the past decade has led to much better outcomes for people in the community.
More than half of all cancers are successfully treated, and survival rates for some common cancers have increased by more than 20 per cent in the past two decades.
SA Cancer Service
In late 2013 the strategic role of the Cancer Clinical Network was incorporated into the SA Cancer Service (SACS).
SACS provides coordinated advice and leadership in cancer control and the provision of world class cancer care across the state.
SACS continues to provide a central point of contact for cancer related advice and leadership and to ensure that high quality evidence-based cancer services supported by appropriate medical, nursing, supportive care and administrative workforce, infrastructure, information and safety systems are accessible to all South Australians.
Optimal Cancer Care Pathways
The Optimal Cancer Care Pathways have been endorsed by the National Cancer Expert Reference Group (NCERG), Cancer Australia and Cancer Council Australia and are being supported in all states and territories to ensure consistent, optimal cancer care across Australia.
Optimal Cancer Care Pathways are national guides to the best cancer care for cancer types. Optimal Cancer Care Pathways detail key principles and recommendations for optimal care at critical points in the cancer continuum, from prevention and identification through to survivorship or end-of-life care.
- Access the Optimal National Care Pathways (Cancer Council Australia)
State-wide Cancer Control Plan 2011 - 2015
The SA State-wide Cancer Control Plan 2011 - 2015 was developed as a guide to providing coordinated cancer control and care in SA.
The plan was developed as a collaborative effort between Cancer Council SA and the SA Cancer Clinical Network, who have been responsible for progressing recommendations under the plan. Since the release of the current plan, the Cancer Clinical Network has been incorporated into the SA Cancer Service (SACS), who have assumed responsibility for progress of recommendations and will continue to progress future work in this area. The SA Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) also has been established following the release of the plan and plays a key role in the progression of research-related recommendations.
The draft SA Cancer Plan 2018-2022 is under development, scheduled for release in 2018.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represent just under 2% of the South Australian population.
Their cancer mortality is about 50% higher than that of non-Aboriginal Australians. This is due to an excess of more lethal cancer types, such as cancers of the lung, liver, pancreas and digestive organs, and also because of more advanced stages of cancer at diagnosis, which predispose to poor outcomes.
Bowel cancer screening
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are diagnosed with cancer at a younger age than other Australians and they die from cancer at a younger age.
- How to do the bowel screening test (PDF 1.2MB)
- Indigenous bowel screening postcard – Don’t delay (PDF 560KB)
- Indigenous bowel screening poster – Don’t delay (PDF 590KB)
- Health screening for bowel cancer flip chart:
- Making Tracks video
for use in South Australia to assist in providing information on bowel cancer and bowel cancer screening to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women, particularly those eligible for the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.