Cervical screening

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers—having a Cervical Screening Test every 5 years is now the best way to prevent it.

Since the National Screening Program began in 1991, incidence and death from cervical cancer has halved in Australia.

Cervical screening

Why is this screening program important?

Cervical Screening Test prevents cervical cancer by detecting the human papillomavirus (HPV).  HPV is the cause of almost all cervical cancers. 

Most women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Australia have not had regular Cervical Screening Tests (or the Pap test prior to December 2017).

The NSW Cervical Screening Program aims to reduce the impact of cervical cancer by increasing the number of women having regular Cervical Screening Tests.

About the program

The National Cervical Screening Program aims to reduce the rate of cervical cancer in Australia.

Where can I go for my cervical screen?

You don’t have to see your family doctor for cervical screening – the test can be performed by a local GP or nurse. Find out where you can have your cervical screening test and book your appointment.