How the Cervical Screening Program works

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable of cancers — and having a Pap test every two years is currently the best way to avoid cervical cancer.

In Australia, Pap tests every two years are recommended for all women aged between 18 to 69 years who have ever been sexually active. The rate of newly diagnosed cases of cervical cancer is currently approximately nine in every 100,000 women each year. This is about half the number of new cases diagnosed before organised screening was introduced. 

A Pap test finds changes in the cells of the cervix, which can be treated before cervical cancer develops. It is, therefore, important to have a Pap test every two years so that any abnormal cells are detected early.

NSW Pap Test Register

The NSW Pap Test Register plays an important part in preventing cancer. The Register sends you a reminder letter if your test is overdue and stores your test results, which can help your doctor interpret your tests and ensure you receive the most suitable treatment if there is an abnormality. 


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