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Cervical cancer screening

Cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates have halved in Australia since the introduction in 1991 of the National Cervical Screening Program.

The program offers a free Pap test every two years to women between the ages of 18 and 70. Cancer Council Australia advises eligible women to participate in the program.

An independent review of the program has recommended a number of changes which, if supported by government, would not come into effect until 2016 or later. The recommendations recognise changes in the population since the introduction in 2006 of a vaccine against some strains of the human papilloma virus, which causes almost all cases of cervical cancer.

Information on the recommended changes is available on the Australian Government Department of Health’s screening website.

While Cancer Council Australia supports these evidence-based recommendations, at this stage they are recommendations only. In the meantime Cancer Council Australia recommends that eligible women continue to have Pap tests every two years.

For more information on cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination, call the Cancer Council 13 11 20.

For more information see our National Cancer Prevention Policy.

This page was last updated on: Friday, November 20, 2015