Key statistics

Detailed figures on cervical cancer and cervical screening in Australia.

Page last updated: 05 November 2013

The Australia Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) Cervical Screening in Australia 2011-12 report shows that:

  • In 2011 and 2012, more than 3.7 million women participated in the National Cervical Screening Program. This was 58 per cent of women in the target age group of 20-69.
  • The three-year participation rate was 70.2 per cent and the five-year participation rate was 83.3 per cent for the same age group.
  • In 2012, the National Cervical Screening Program detected 23 149 women in the target age group with high-grade abnormalities.
  • The number of new cases of cervical cancer in Australia has continued to decline. There were 818 new cases in Australia in 2010 compared with 1092 detected in 1991, at the start of the organised screening program.
  • The age-standardised mortality rate from cervical cancer has more than halved since the start of the program, from four deaths per 100 000 women in 1991 to two deaths per 100 000 women in 2011.

This report is available on the AIHW website.

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