The Pap test has changed: More accurate. Less often.

The Pap test has changed: More accurate. Less often.

Every year around 800 Australian women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. Yet, Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers.    
Your best protection against cervical cancer is routine screenings.

The Pap test was replaced with a new Cervical Screening Test (CST) every five years. The latest medical and scientific evidence shows that having a CST every five years is just as safe and more effective.   The CST has been found to be more effective at detecting the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes cervical abnormalities, at an earlier stage.

It is expected that the changes to the National Cervical Screening Program will protect up to 30% more women from cervical cancer.  

You may be wondering if you need a cervical screening test. The answer is yes. If you are aged between 25 – 74 years of age and have been sexually active you should have a CST every five years until the age of 74. Your first CST is due at 25 years or two years after your last Pap test using the previous .  

If you are due for testing, you can book online now with one of our GPs.

If you are unsure about when you are due for a test, you can ring The National Cervical Screening Program on 13 15 56 and they will tell you the date of your last test and when you are due for your next one. If you prefer, you can ring us on 07 3216 8500 and we can check our patients’ records here.

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