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.

HPV and cervical cancer: What you need to know

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Did you know that cervical cancer is largely caused by a sexually transmitted infection called the human papillomavirus (HPV)?

HPV is so common that around 8 in 10 people will have HPV at some stage in their lives. But if left undetected and untreated, some HPV types can lead to cervical cancer.

That’s why it’s important for all women aged 18-70 who have ever had sex to have a Pap test every 2 years.

Check out our infographic to learn more about the link between HPV and cervical cancer.

For more information on HPV, visit our ‘For women’ section.

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. 

New cancer prevention initiative helps Corio women access life-saving test 
A $65,000 cervical cancer prevention initiative was launched today in the Corio/Norlane region in a bid to increase the number of women undergoing regular cervical screening and secondary school students receiving the HPV vaccine. 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

UPDATED Clinical practice guidelines for nurses undertaking cervical screening in Victoria
The clinical practice guidelines have recently been updated and can now be downloaded. More information.

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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