About Pap tests or Pap smears

Cervical cancer is one of few cancers that can be largely prevented through screening (Pap tests), yet over a third of women do not have them regularly.

Most women diagnosed with cervical cancer have not had regular Pap tests.

Having a Pap test every two years is the best way women can protect themselves against cervical cancer – regular Pap tests can prevent around nine out of 10 cervical cancers.

Making the decision to have a Pap test is an individual choice. This screening test has benefits and some limitations.  

Download The Pap test fact sheet for more information or the booklet Protecting Yourself Against Cervical Cancer: Pap Tests and the HPV Vaccine. If you still have any questions you can ask your doctor or a nurse, or call the Cancer Council on 13 11 20.

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