RACGP backs national cancer screening register changes to better tackle lung cancer

Royal Australian College of GPs

The RACGP has welcomed the Albanese Government expanding the National Cancer Screening Register to help tackle lung cancer and called for key improvements to the register so that GPs and patients can get the most out of it.

It comes following the Government today introducing the National Cancer Screening Register Amendment Bill 2024, which adds lung cancer to the cancers incorporated in the register. This will support earlier detection of lung cancer when treatment is most effective.

RACGP President Dr Nicole Higgins said that expanding the register was a positive step forward.

“This is a smart public health decision,” she said.

“Lung cancer must be taken very seriously. In 2021, it was the most common cause of cancer death in Australia, in that year there were well over 8,000 lung cancer deaths. The National Cancer Screening

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