Cervical cancer and Pap test statistics

Australia

  • In 2012, there were 725 cases of cervical cancer

  • In 2013, 149 women died from cervical cancer

  • In 2013–14, 58% of eligible women aged 20–69 had a Pap test

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are almost four times more likely to die from cervical cancer than non-Indigenous women

Victoria

  • In 2015, there were 177 new cases of cervical cancer

  • In 2015, there were 41 deaths from cervical cancer

  • In 2013–14, 59.2% of eligible women aged 20–69 had a Pap test

Statistics on Pap tests

  • In Australia, the number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer has halved since the introduction of organised screening in 1991.

  • 7 in 10 Victorian women who develop cervical cancer either never had a Pap test or did not have them regularly prior to diagnosis.

  • Worldwide, cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer for women and the seventh most common cancer overall. There were an estimated 266,000 deaths from cervical cancer in 2012. Almost 90% of cervical cancer deaths occur in less developed regions, due to the lack of screening programs.

For information on current screening rates in Victoria, visit the Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry.

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