The least anticipated social event on any woman’s calendar is her date with the doctor for a pap smear. However, it is an important one. Somewhere in the world, a woman dies from this serious yet highly preventable disease every 2 minutes.
The Australian Government introduced changes to cervical cancer screening that came into effect 1st December 2017. The testing is more accurate, less frequent, and is expected to prevent an additional 140 cases of cervical cancer each year and protect up to 30% more women.
Cervical testing can be uncomfortable and a hassle, but this screening is an important part of cervical cancer prevention. These new changes are expected to streamline the process and make it more accurate, which is good news for all women.