Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable of all cancers.
The National Cervical Screening Program – a joint Australian, State and Territory Government initiative – aims to prevent cervical cancer by detecting, monitoring or treating changes in the cervix before they progress to cancer.
Cervical cancer can be detected by having a cervical screening test or Pap smear. This involves the collection of cells from the cervix that are then tested in a laboratory for any abnormalities. Any changes in the cells of the cervix can then be monitored or treated to prevent cancer from developing.
Women aged between 18 and 70 years who have ever been sexually active should have a Cervical Screening test every two years, including women who have had the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine.