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Why are doctors and nurses important?

Healthcare professionals play an important role in encouraging cancer screening.

Doctors and nurses are often the first contact a person has with the health system that is outside the hospital. This is also referred to as primary health care. A good primary health care system keeps people well and out of hospital by supporting them in the community and at home. Read more about the role of primary health care.

General practitioners (GPs) and practice nurses play a significant role in endorsing cancer screening, early detection and immunisation programs. A GP’s recommendation to participate in cancer screening has a strong influence on a patient’s decision to participate in screening. GPs and nurses can also provide education, resources and support to community members to encourage cancer screening to help reduce the incidence, mortality and morbidity of cancer.