Why should I do the test?
The test itself takes around two minutes and is a simple procedure that could save your life.
Cervical cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix. Left undetected, cervical cancer can be life threatening, and may need to be treated with surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
A positive HPV test can show that you could be at risk of cervical cancer before the cancerous cells even begin to grow. You can then have treatment that will prevent cancer from developing in the first place - and this treatment will be much less invasive than it could have been otherwise.
This year about 250 women in Australia will die as a result of cervical cancer - and this number would be much higher if cervical cancer screening wasn't offered to Australian women. We can continue to reduce the number of cervical cancer deaths by encouraging more women to get screened. We encourage all women to talk to their mum, sisters, aunts and friends about cervical screening.
Put simply, the cervical cancer screening program saves lives. As cervical cancer survivor Kirsten McCreghan says, getting screened could be the best decision you ever made.
"It's just a few moments of discomfort for something that could save your life."- Kirsten McCreghan, cervical cancer survivor