Cervical cancer is caused by abnormal cells that develop in the cervix of women. Almost all types of cervical cancers are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus.
Previously the cervical cancer screening test was the ‘Pap Smear’ test recommended every 2 years. It looked for abnormal cervical cells that if left untreated could cause cervical cancer.
As of December 2017 the test for screening changed to the ‘Cervical Screening Test’ recommended for most women aged 25-74, every 5 years. It looks for a virus, the Human Papilloma Virus in the cervical cells that can cause them to become abnormal.
The Cervical Test procedure is the same as the Pap Smear test if you have had one before.
With the new program changes, you should have your first Cervical Screening Test 2 years after your last Pap Smear test (with a normal result). If your Cervical Screening Test result is normal, then it changes to 5 yearly.
For symptoms of cervical cancer visit the Cancer Council here
If you have any symptoms, or are unsure, we recommend you see your Health Practitioner or contact the Cancer Council info line on 13 11 20.
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For more information on Cervical Cancer visit the Cancer Council here