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  • National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

    National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 

    12–18 November, 2018

    Are you up to date with your cervical cancer screening schedule? National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week (12–18 November) is your chance to make sure. 

    Important changes to cervical cancer screening 

    On 1 December 2017, Australia switched to a renewed cervical cancer screening program. The new Cervical Screening Test is more effective than the old Pap test, because it tests for Human Papillomavirus (HPV)—the precursor to almost all cases of cervical cancer.  

    When am I due for my first test? 

    When you are due for your first Cervical Screening Test will depend on your age. Women are due for their first Cervical Screening Test at age 25, even if they’ve had the HPV vaccination.

    If you are 25 or older:  

    You should book in for your first Cervical Screening Test two years after your last Pap test. After that, your regular test will be every five years if everything is ok. Learn more about why this is.

    If you are younger than 25: 

    If you’ve never been screened for cervical cancer, you should book in for your first Cervical Screening Test as soon as you turn 25. If you’ve had regular Pap tests before now and you are aged under 25, your next Cervical Screening Test will be due at age 25. After that, your regular test will be every five years if everything is ok. Learn more about why this is.

    Cervical cancer in Australia 

    Australia has one of the lowest rates of cervical cancer in the world, and the new Cervical Screening Test will drive incidence and death rates down by a further 20 per cent. In fact, research conducted by Cancer Council NSW shows that if vaccination and screening coverage are maintained at the current rate, Australia is set to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health issue by 2035. 

    If you experience symptoms such as pain or unusual discharge see your GP, no matter your age or when you last had your cervical cancer screening test.

    For more information about screening for cervical cancer visit www.cancer.org.au/cervicalscreening

    For more information about current campaigns to support the early detection of cancer, visit https://www.cancersa.org.au/get-screened-and-get-on-with-living

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