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Cervical Screening is offered to all women in Australia between the ages of 25 and 74 years old. The cervical screening test is offered every 5 years to women in this age bracket who are deemed at low risk of cervical cancer. The test includes screening for HPV, the virus accountable for nearly all cases of cervical cancer, and additionally screens for any abnormal cells on the cervix. Women now also have the option to self-collect for cervical screening tests, which your GP can help to facilitate. These tests do not offer the full scope of the traditional cervical screening test but are an option for women who do not wish to undergo a conventional test. Your Evoca GP can help you to decide which test is best for you, depending on your circumstances. 1
The cervical screening test is offered every 5 years to women between the age of 25 to 74
How to prepare for your visit
Time your visit when you are not menstruating
If you have information about your last CST result, bring it with you
If you are worried about the test, or have had a previously negative experience let us know
At your previous test there may have been special measures taken, eg size of the speculum, or a cushion under your pelvis, let us know if these were required so we can make arrangements
Empty your bladder before you attend the consultation
Yes. HPV is transmitted via skin-to-skin contact and therefore women in same sex relationships are still at risk of carrying the virus and potentially developing cervical cancer as a result.
Yes. The HPV vaccine is very effective at protecting against some types of HPV but it does not protect against all types of HPV.
HPV (human papilloma virus) causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer. HPV is commonly transmitted without symptoms during sexual intercourse, and as many as up to 4 out of 5 people will carry HPV at some point in their life. Typically the body will clear HPV on its own, but in cases where the virus persists for a longer period of time, it can cause changes in the cells on the cervix which eventually lead to cervical cancer.
1 Reference: https://www.cancer.org.au/cancer-information/types-of-cancer/cervical-cancer