Pap Smears / Cervical Screening

Pap Smears / Cervical Screening

Cervical screening has changed in Australia. The Pap test has been replaced by a new ‘Cervical Screening Test’ every five years.

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Regular cervical screening is your best protection against cervical cancer. The new 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 their 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.

If you are under 25 visit the ‘Under 25’ web page to find out about the changes to the National Cervical Screening Program and what they mean for you.

If you are due for testing, contact your healthcare provider to book an appointment. For more information about the National Cervical Screening Program call 13 15 56.

If at any age you experience symptoms, such as abnormal vaginal bleeding, pain or discharge, you should discuss this with your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

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