The Australia Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) Cervical Screening in Australia 2013-14 report shows that:
- In 2013-2014, more than 3.8 million women participated in the National Cervical Screening Program. This was 57 per cent of women in the target age group of 20-69.
- It is estimated that in 2016, there will be 903 women diagnosed with cervical cancer and 250 women will die from cervical cancer.
- The three-year participation rate was 70.2 per cent and the five-year participation rate was 82.7 per cent for the same age group, indicating that most women are screening well, just not as frequently as recommended.
- In 2014, the National Cervical Screening Program detected 16,505 women in the target age group with high-grade abnormalities.
- 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 2014. This rate has remained stable since 2002.