Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

Posted on: Tuesday, 12 November 2019 at 9:12:59 AM

Are you up to date with your cervical cancer screening schedule? National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week (11-17 November) is your chance to make sure. 

Australia has one of the lowest rates of cervical cancer in the world. Research from the Cancer Council NSW shows that if vaccination and screening coverage are maintained at the current rate, Australia could eradicate cervical cancer as a public health issue by 2035! 

When am I due for my first test?

The first Cervical Screening Test should be done at the age of 25, even if you've had the HPV vaccination. 

If you are 25 or older: 

After the first Cervical Screening Test, you should book in with your GP to have another Pap test after two years. After that, your regular test will be every five years if everything is fine. Learn more here. 

Cervical screening for older women: 

It is important to continue with cervical screening until the age of 74. This is because HPV can take a long time to develop into cervical cancer, around 10-30 years. This means that even if you have not been sexually active for a long time, or has only had one partner for a long  time, you could still be at risk of cervical cancer. 

Book an appointment with us today 08 9172 0400 

Cervical Cancer Awareness Infographic

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