Treatments and tests

Cervical screening

Regular cervical screening is your best protection against cervical cancer. Four out of five women who develop cervical cancer in Australia have either never screened or do not screen regularly.

In Australia, all women aged 25 to 74 years who have ever been sexually active should have a Cervical Screening Test every 5 years. Being screened regularly means that the human papillomavirus (HPV) and any changes it may cause to the cells of the cervix can be found early. These cell changes can then be monitored and, if needed, treated to prevent cervical cancer.