Ask any woman about Pap smears and she’d cringe; the government is introducing a new and less frequent test for cervical cancer

The women of Gilmore will now benefit from a new and more effective screening test for cervical cancer.

Federal Member, Ann Sudmalis MP said it’s more accurate and requires testing less often.

“The current Pap test detects cervical abnormalities after they occur,” she said.

“The new test is more effective and women will only need to be tested every five years, instead of every two.

“Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers – but screening is vital.”

The new human papillomavirus (HPV) test will prevent up to 30 per cent more women from developing cervical cancer because it detects HPV, an early risk indicator for cervical cancer.

“The Coalition Government is committed to improving women’s health through prevention and early detection of cervical cancer.

“The combination of improved cervical screening and HPV immunisation programs is expected to dramatically reduce cervical cancer rates and save lives,” said Mrs Sudmalis.

A new version of vaccine, Gardasil 9, will protect women against a further five strains of HPV, or approximately 90 per cent of HPV-related cervical cancers.

From 1 January 2018, the vaccine will be offered through the National Immunisation Program as part of school based vaccination programs and as part of a catch up program for individuals up to the age of 19 years.

Women looking for more information about the new cervical cancer test can talk to their health professionals, visit www.cancerscreening.gov.au/cervical or call 13 15 56.