Cervical Cancer Screening

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Cervix screening has changed in Australia. The Pap test has been replaced with a new Cervical Screening Test every five years.

cancer of the cervix is one of the most preventable cancers. The new Screening Test is expected to protect up to 30% more women.

The test is a simple procedure to check the health of your cervix. It feels the same as the Pap test, but tests for the human papillomavirus (known as HPV). For most women aged 25 to 74 your first Cervical Screening Test is due two years after your last Pap test. After that, you will only need to have the test every five years if your result is normal.

Regular  screening is your best protection against cervical cancer.

If you are due for testing, contact your doctor to book an appointment.

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The renewed National Cervical Screening Program

The Renewal of the National  Screening Program has been implemented.

The two yearly Pap test for people aged 18 to 69 will change to a five yearly human papillomavirus (HPV) test for people aged 25 to 74. People will be due for the first Cancer Screening Test two years after their last Pap test. The changes include:

  • the Pap test will be replaced with the more accurate Cervical Screening Test
  • the time between tests will change from two to five years
  • the age at which screening starts will increase from 18 years to 25 years
  • people aged 70 to 74 years will be invited to have an exit test.

Prevention of pre-cancerous lesions

There are also some things you can do to prevent pre-cancers, such as:

  • Getting an HPV vaccine
  • Testing for HPV
  • not smoking
  • Condom use

Further reading:

http://www.cancerscreening.gov.au/internet/screening/publishing.nsf/Content/cervical-screening-1

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