Treatments and tests

Cervical screening

The WA Department of Health is closely monitoring the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on health services. COVID-19 may be impacting your usual GP or cervical testing provider, so if you have received a reminder about cervical screening and you have any questions, please call your doctor or healthcare provider to talk about your circumstances. More information on COVID-19 is available More information on COVID-19 is available online, or by calling the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 (operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week).

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.


Last reviewed: 07-04-2020
Acknowledgements

WA Cervical Cancer Prevention Program

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