Cervical Screening Tests – Regular Screens

What is it?

A Cervical Screening Test or CST is a way of detecting for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common infection that my lead to cervical cancer,  so early detection can help with preventing cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Routine cervical screening is your best protection against cervical cancer.

This screening test is usually performed on a five yearly schedule from the age of 25 and finished at the age of 74.

Once you have had your first CST, patients at the Panaceum Group will have a future reminder set to remind you to attend your next CST at the appropriate time. If you are new to the medical practice your GP will often check with you when your last test was and schedule your next one. If you are unsure when you are due it is best to contact your medical practice.

If you are experiencing symptoms like unusual vaginal bleeding, discharge or pain during sexual intercourse, you should see your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

More information on Cervical Cancer Screening:

Helpful information about the Cervical Screening Program and test can be found here:

http://www.cancerscreening.gov.au/internet/screening/publishing.nsf/Content/cervical-screening-1

How to book:

It is very easy to book, please call your medical practice and ask to make an appointment for a CST. Panaceum Group do run CST Clinics but these are for CST’s only and further treatments are not available during these appointments.

You may also want to consider a “well women’s check” if it has been a couple of years since you had a breast check and general health check. This will be a slightly longer appointment and usually performed by your usual GP.

Costs:

A CST appointment is considered a standard appointment and may incur some out of pocket cost. The cost for processing your CST at the laboratory is bulk billed for Medicare card holders as long as your test is under the eligible testing criteria.