About cervical screening

Cervical screening reduces the number of women who develop or die from cervical cancer.

Page last updated: 05 November 2013

  • Cervical screening detects early pre-cancerous changes in the cervix before cervical cancer develops. Cervical screening can also detect if cervical cancer is present.
  • Cells are collected from the surface of the cervix and sent to a laboratory where they are tested for cellular abnormalities.
  • Cervical screening does not check for other problems in the reproductive system such as ovarian cancer or sexually transmitted infections.
  • Screening is for people without symptoms. If you are concerned about any symptoms, please contact your health care provider.
  • Cervical screening can be provided through your general practice, community or women’s health centre, family planning clinic, sexual health clinic or Aboriginal Medical Service.

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