Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, and regular cervical screening testing (CST) offered at Parkhill Medical Centre is the best way to protect yourself from cervical cancer.
What is it?
The CST checks the health of your cervix. It is similar to a pap smear, but also checks for human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a common virus that can change cells in your cervix. It’s spread by contact with genital skin. HPV is the most common cause of cervical cancer.Most people with HPV don’t have symptoms, which is why screening is so important.
Do I need a cervical screening test?
All women should engage in regular screening if they are
- Aged 25 to 74
- Have ever had sexual contact with another person, irrespective of gender or sexual identity
If you are having symptoms that may be attributable to cervical cancer then your doctor may recommend a CST even if you are younger than the usual starting age or if you are not yet due for your next CST.
It’s important to have a test, even if you have been vaccinated for HPV.
How often do you need a cervical screening test?
You need to have a test every 5 years between the ages of 25 and 74. If your test does not show HPV, you can wait five years for your next test.
If your test shows HPV, your doctor will discuss with you what you need to do next.
You can find more information on cervical screening testing here: https://www.health.gov.au/our-work/national-cervical-screening-program