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Changes to cervical screening

Did you know Pap Smears have changed to Cervical Screening Tests?

Are you confused about the changes and why they have gone from 2 to 5 years?

The Wyong Cervical Screening Outreach Clinic can assist you in providing a free and confidential service for your next cervical screening.

A Cervical Screening Test (CST) prevents cervical cancer by detecting human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the cause of cervical cancer in 99% of cases.

The changes to the Cervical Screening Program, which commenced in December 2017, are due to significant improvements in testing for the presence of HPV. This has reduced the need for testing for most women to 5 years with a Cervical Screening Test (CST) replacing the Pap Smear. All women who have been sexually active at any stage in their lives and are aged between 25 and 74 should have a Cervical Screening Test, even if they have had the HPV vaccination.  If you are over 25 and never had a pap smear or it has been longer than 2 years since your last smear you should book in for your CST now. If you are aged between 70 and 74 you should have an exit test two years after your last pap test. At any age if you have any symptoms of unusual bleeding, pain or discharge you should see a doctor even if you have had a previous normal Pap Smear or CST.

The Cervical Screening Test is performed in the same way as the previous Pap Smear.

If you have been having Pap Smears in the past, then your first CST is due at the time your next smear is usually due i.e. two years if the previous result was normal. If no HPV is found and there have been no previous abnormal smears nor a history of abnormal bleeding, you won’t need another test for five years.

The Wyong Cervical Screening Outreach Clinic is a joint initiative between Central Coast Primary Care Ltd and the Central Coast Local Health District. The clinic has been operating for several years and is a unique and confidential service provided by female GPs. It is held in the Wyong Community Health Centre every Wednesday. The GPs provide Cervical Screening Tests and breast checks and all services and visits are bulk billed.

If you are due for a CST or if you are eligible for and have never been screened don’t put it off, BOOK YOUR FREE APPOINTMENT TODAY by calling 4365 2294.

More information: https://www.cancer.nsw.gov.au/how-we-help/screening-and-early-detection/