Cervical cancer and Pap test statistics
- 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
- 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.