Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable of all cancers and, through a combination of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and the new Cervical Screening Test, Australia is set to be the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health issue*.
In late 2017, the five-yearly Cervical Screening Test replaced the two-yearly Pap test. It’s more effective, even though it’s performed less often, because it detects HPV which causes almost all cases of cervical cancer.
Every woman aged 25–74 who has ever been sexually active should have a Cervical Screening Test every five years. To have your test, make an appointment with your local practice or Women’s Health Clinic.
Women should have their first Cervical Screening Test when they turn 25. Women over 25 are due for their first Cervical Screening Test two years after their last Pap test.
To make you feel more comfortable, you can take a support person with you or request a female GP or nurse to complete the test. If you are experiencing symptoms, no matter your age or when you last had your test, talk to your GP.
Having a Cervical Screening Test takes just a few minutes and it could save your life.
So get screened, and get on with living.
For more information, visit SA Health or Cancer Council.
*less than 4 cases per 100,000 women