Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in the world, and as of June 2018, over 258 women will have died in Australia from the disease already this year.
Early detection of cervical cancer is vital in improving survival rates, with the best method of detection being to have regular papanicolaou tests, otherwise known as ‘cervical screening tests’. Cervical screening tests now replace the older ‘pap smear’ test, however they will feel exactly the same for the patient. These tests detect human papillomavirus, which can lead to cell changes in the cervix.
If you are aged 25 to 74, you should have your first cervical screening test two years after your last pap smear. If the results are normal from your first test, you will need to have a check-up test every five years after that. The tests may need to be conducted more regularly if you have previously tested positive for human papillomavirus (HPV).
If you are due for a cervical screening test, please make an appointment with one of our friendly General Practitioners. The test is very quick and pain-free, and is vital in the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer for women at risk. Our doctors are also highly proficient in offering advice and treatment regarding any kind of reproductive or sexual health concern.