Over 70% of cervical cancers can be prevented by cervical screening.
Cervical screening, which has replaced the Pap smear, is a simple test to check the health of your cervix and also look for human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common infection that can cause cervical cell changes and may develop into cancer. By detecting a HPV infection early, it allows your healthcare provider to monitor the infection and intervene if required.
Many South Australian women are currently not up to date with cervical screening. Self-collection may be a suitable alternative for women who are 30 years old or over, and who are never screened or overdue for cervical screening by 2 years or longer (e.g 4 years since last Pap).
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