Most women diagnosed with cervical cancer haven't had regular Pap tests - also known as Pap smears.

Pap tests. A little awkward for a lot of peace of mind.

How to mentally prepare for a Pap test

Did you know that around 90% of cervical cancers can be prevented with regular Pap tests?

But fear and embarrassment mean many women avoid having them.

Here, Sophie takes us on her Pap test journey to reveal what really happens and help you prepare.

'It's just like going to the dentist, except it's down there ... and there aren't any teeth.'

Update your contact details

When you are overdue for a Pap test, the Pap test Registry will send you a reminder letter. To update your contact details, visit the Registry website or call 03 9250 0399. 

Victorian nurses more important than ever in the fight against cervical cancer
Nurses are making an even bigger contribution to the fight against cervical cancer in Victoria, collecting 38,012 life-saving Pap tests in 2013. Read the media release

Health experts urge young women to have regular Pap tests after the release of concerning new research
Cancer Council Victoria and Victorian Cytology Service Inc are reminding young women that even if they've had the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, regular cervical screening is still essential to prevent cervical cancer. Read the media release 

Experts recommend new cervical screening guidelines
The Medical Services Advisory Committee has recommended the Federal Government implement new cervical screening guidelines. Until these recommendations are adopted and implemented, PapScreen Victoria encourages women to continue having Pap tests every two years, as per the current national guidelines. Read more

Update your clinic details
Please support us by providing or updating your clinic's details, to make sure every Victorian woman has accurate information about where they can access Pap tests. If you have any problems updating your details, or don't have your clinic ID code, please contact Harriet on 03 9514 6424 or harriet.wynne@cancervic.org.au

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