A Cervical Screening Test is used to check the health of your cervix. The Cervical Screening Test looks for human papillomavirus (HPV). Persistent HPV infection can cause abnormal cervical cell changes that may lead to cervical cancer. This usually takes a long time, about 10 to 15 years.
As of 1 July 2022, there are two ways to have a Cervical Screening Test. You can choose to:
Recent evidence demonstrates a Cervical Screening Test using a self-collected vaginal sample is as accurate as a clinician-collected sample taken from the cervix during a speculum examination. For more information on the evidence, click on Information for healthcare providers.
Your healthcare provider will explain how to do the test. View the four steps on how to collect your own sample to see how it’s done:
One test every five years can save your life
If you’re a woman or person with a cervix aged 25 to 74, your best protection against cervical cancer is regular cervical screening.
Regular cervical screening prevents almost all cervical cancers.
Most people who develop cervical cancer have either never screened or do not screen regularly.
Stay up to date
It's easy to ensure you're up to date with your cervical screening.
Speak to your healthcare provider or visit the National Cancer Screening Register to find out when you're next due.
Discuss your collection options with a healthcare provider
Any healthcare provider who offers cervical screening (GPs, nurses, gynaecologists) can help you decide which collection option is best for you. Visit Healthy WA to find a healthcare provider that meets your needs.
Your healthcare provider will discuss the results of your test with you.
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Your healthcare provider will be able to tell you when you’re next due, or you can contact the National Cancer Screening Register (NCSR). The NCSR is a confidential database of cervical test results. Your healthcare provider can access your screening history and results through the NCSR.
The NCSR sends letters to invite you to start screening when you turn 25, and reminders when you are due or overdue for a test or follow-up.
To ensure your details are up to date, contact the NCSR on 1800 627 701 or visit their website.Call NCSR on 1800 627 701Visit NCSR website