Is a malignant tumour which develops (usually slowly) in the soft tissue of the cervix, and is causally linked to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Genital HPV is a very common infection, and is easily passed from one person to another 50 to 80% of sexually active women will be infected with HPV at least once in their lives.

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Cervical screening has changed in Australia. The Pap test has been replaced with a new Cervical Screening Test every five years.

Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. The new Cervical Screening Test is expected to protect up to 30% more women.

The test is a simple procedure to check the health of your cervix. It feels the same as the Pap test, but tests for the human papillomavirus (known as HPV). For most women aged 25 to 74 your first Cervical Screening Test is due two years after your last Pap test. After that, you will only need to have the test every five years if your result is normal.

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