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Many deaths from cervical cancer can be prevented through timely screening. Detection and treatment of precancerous lesions found with a cervical screening test (HPV test) can actually prevent cervical cancer, as well as find cervical cancer at an early stage when it is most curable.
From 1 December 2017, human papilloma virus screening has replaced the PAP smear in the National Cervical Screening Program. The following policy applies to women with no symptoms.
- Routine cervical HPV screening should be carried out every five years for women aged 25 to 74 years who have no or history suggestive of cervical pathology
- All women who have ever been sexually active should start having cervical HPV screening after age 25, or one or two years after first having sexual intercourse, whichever is later. In some cases, it may be appropriate to start screening before 25 years of age
- People aged 70 to 74 years will be invited to have a cervical screening test.
See the short video below for more on HPV testing and how it can help you avoid cervical cancer.
More information can be found at the National Cervical Screening Program.