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Cervical Cancer Screening Update

November 23, 2017

The National Cervical Screening Program aims to prevent cervical cancer by detecting early changes in the cervix. The rate of cervical cancer has halved since the Program began in 1991.

It is currently recommended that all women aged between 18 and 69, who have ever been sexually active, have regular Pap tests. 80 per cent of cervical cancer occurs in women who have never screened or don’t screen regularly.

In December, the Pap test will be replaced by a new Cervical Screening Test. It is expected that the new Cervical Screening Test will protect up to 30% more women from cervical cancer. 

More information about this change can be found here

Visit our Cancer Screening Resources page to access a range of resources for health care providers.

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