Now you can visit the GP once every five years as opposed to every two.
Australian women will now no longer have to visit the doctor once every two years for a pap smear with a new, more effective screening test to be available from today that will screen women once every five years.
The new human papillomavirus (HPV) test will prevent up to 30 per cent more women from developing cervical cancer because it detects HPV, an early risk indicator for cervical cancer. The current Pap test detects cervical abnormalities after they occur.
The new test is more effective than the current Pap test so most women will only need to be tested every five years, instead of every two. The procedure to collect the sample is the same.
Women who are 25 years or older should have their first Cervical Screening Test two years after their last Pap test. If no HPV is detected, they can then move to a test every five years.
Professor Karen Canfell, Chair of the Cancer Screening and Immunisation Committee said that the introduction of the renewed cervical screening program is great news for women.
“We really are leading the world in cervical cancer prevention and early detection — but we also want to encourage eligible women to get tested,” she said.
Women looking for more information about the new cervical cancer test can talk to their health professionals, visit www.cancerscreening.gov.au/cervical or call 13 15 56.
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