A Pap smear is a simple procedure that allows doctors to detect early changes that may lead to cervical cancer. This screening test is important, as during the early stages of cervical cancer, there are usually no symptoms.
Regular Pap smears every two years can help prevent up to 90 per cent of the most common type of cervical cancers. Your doctor may recommend more frequent testing if a previous smear showed significant cell changes or you experience problems, such as bleeding or pain after sex.
3 out of 4 Women who develop cervical cancer have either never had a Pap Smear or haven’t had one in the past 5 years.
Having a PAP smear is your best chance of preventing cervical cancer. More information is available on the Australian Cancer Council Website.
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