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Make time for a cervical screening test

Thursday 12 November 2020

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Central West women are being urged to take time to catch up on their cervical screening.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Women’s and Sexual Health Nurse Della Turner said some women may have fallen behind with their screening this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“With National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week being observed from 16–22 November, we are urging all women to catch up and get screened,’’ she said.

“Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Having a regular cervical screening test is the best way to prevent cervical cancer.

“Women may not have any signs or symptoms of cervical cancer until the disease is in its advanced stage which is why participating in regular cervical screening is so important.’’

To help promote greater awareness of cervical cancer screening, Ms Turner will host an information booth outside the Iningai Health Arcade in Eagle St, Longreach, from 12 noon on Thursday, 19 November.

Ms Turner said almost all cases of cancer of the cervix were caused by a virus – the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

“There are over 100 different types of HPV, with over 40 of them affecting the genital area,’’ she said.

“Of these 40, 14 are known to be high-risk types. These high-risk types have the potential to cause cell changes in the cervix, and in some women, these changes may progress to cancer.

“In December 2017, the current Cervical Screening Test (CST) replaced the old Pap Smear test many women would be familiar with.

“This change was a result of new scientific evidence and the development of better technology.

“The CST is a virus test that looks for any of the 14 high-risk types of HPV.

“The great news is, for women having routine testing, the CST only needs to be done every 5 year, between the ages of 25 and 74 years.

“Now’s the time to take care of yourself and catch up with your cervical screening.’’

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Central West Hospital and Health Service Women’s and Sexual Health Nurse Della Turner says women should take time to catch up on their cervical cancer screening.

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For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au

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Last updated: 12 November 2020