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.

Download The Pap test fact sheet for more information or the booklet Protecting Yourself Against Cervical Cancer: Pap Tests and the HPV Vaccine

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