CHANGES TO CERVICAL SCREENING
As of today, 1st December 2017, cervical screening will change in Australia. The Pap test (usually 2 yearly) will be replaced with the new Cervical Screening Test (CST) every five years.
Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. The new Cervical Screening Test is expected to protect up to 30% more women than current testing measures.
There is a new age range to be eligible for this test. If you are aged 25-74 you are eligible for the cervical screening test. This may mean that you will be invited for screening again, as the previous age bracket for Pap screening ended at 70. If you are under 25 depending on your prior Pap smears you may not be called back for a screen until you turn 25. As always please follow any requests from us or the National Cancer Screening Register, and if you have any concerns please call us.
Women of ANY age with symptoms, such as unusual bleeding or spotting, will be able to have a Cervical Screening Test, if your GP deems it necessary. So please see your GP if you have any of these symptoms. Requesting to have a cervical screening test outside of these new regulations may incur charges from the pathology provider.
The test is a quick and simple procedure to check the health of your cervix. It looks and feels the same as the Pap test, but tests for the human papillomavirus (known as HPV).
Your first Cervical Screening Test is due two years after your last Pap test. After that, you will only need to have the test every five years if your results are normal. Have a read on how it is that this test is more accurate and required less often.
Regular cervical screening is your best protection against cervical cancer.
If you are due for testing and/or have received a reminder for this please follow up as required.
If you are due or overdue for your next screen, take advantage of the extra clinics we are hosting this December specifically for Cervical Screening Testing at Panaceum Medical.
For more information about this new test please click here to go the national cervical screening program.
We are here to help with this transition so please call
Panaceum Medical on 9920 8111
Panaceum Seacrest on 9923 9999