Why have a Pap test/Pap smear?

A Pap test (commonly referred to as Pap smear) is a quick and simple test that checks for changes to the cells of your cervix that may lead to cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is a disease where normal cells in the cervix change and multiply to form a growth or tumour

Most women who develop cervical cancer have not had regular Pap tests (commonly referred to as a Pap smear or Pap smear test). It is important to have a test every two years, so that any abnormal cells are detected early, monitored and treated if necessary to prevent cancer.

Regular Pap tests can reduce your risk of being diagnosed with cervical cancer by up to 96%.

Cervical cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) in almost 100% of cases. 

Since the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) started in 1991, the number of women developing cervical cancer and the number of women dying from cervical cancer have fallen by half.

If you’re aged between 18 and 69 years and have ever been sexually active you should have regular Pap tests, even if you’ve had the cervical cancer vaccine. The Pap test is the best way of avoiding cervical cancer as it picks up changes before cancer develops.

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