The NCSP: Achievements and goals

Did you know that Australia has one of the lowest rates of cervical cancer in the world1?

Since the introduction of the National Cervical Screening Program in 1991, both the number of cervical cancers and deaths from cervical cancer have halved2.

These positive results are largely due to the success of the National Cervical Screening Program and the support of health professionals in encouraging eligible women to have regular cervical screening.

Between 2012 and 2013, more than 3.8 million women participated in cervical screening in Australia – equivalent to 58% of eligible women

In 2013, just under 6% of screened women in Australia received abnormal results. By participating in screening, these women were able to receive suitable treatment to prevent abnormalities potentially developing into cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer in Australia

Cervical cancer in Australia

  • Australia has the second-lowest number of cervical cancers diagnosed in the world
  • In 2017, cervical cancer accounted for 1.2% of all female cancers diagnoses in NSW
  • By 2022, cervical cancer is projected to account for 1.3% of female cancers diagnoses in NSW
  • The majority of cervical cancers affect women aged 25–49, followed by women aged 50–59
  • Aboriginal women are 2.8 times more likely to develop cervical cancer than non-Aboriginal women

1. National Cervical Screening Program. Screening to Prevent Cervical Cancer: Guidelines for the Management of Asymptomatic Women with Screen Detected Abnormalities. 2005. Approved by National Health and Medical Research Council on 9 June 2005

2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Cervical Screening in Australia 2013-14. Canberra: s.n., 2016. Cancer Series no.97 Cat. no. CAN 95

*In December 2017, the Cervical Screening Test replaced the Pap test as the method of screening women to prevent cervical cancer in Australia.</small></p>