Why cervical screening is important
Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Regular Pap tests (cervical screening) can detect changes to cells of the cervix and these can be treated before cervical cancer develops.
Having a Pap test every two years can reduce the risk of being diagnosed with cervical cancer by up to 96%.
Cervical cancer is a rare outcome of persistent infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Infection with a high-risk HPV type is necessary, although not sufficient, for the development of cervical cancer.
All women between the ages of 18 and 69 years, who have ever been sexually active, should have a Pap test every two years.
It is also important that women who have received the HPV vaccine continue to have two-yearly screening.The HPV vaccine does not protect against all types of HPV that cause cervical cancer.