Are you up to date will screening?
Women across Hamilton and Portland are urged to make sure they're up-to-date with their cervical cancer screening with concerns many have delayed testing during COVID-19.
Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show nearly 1,200 lives were lost to the disease over four-years (2013-2017).
However, cervical cancer could be eliminated as a public health issue by 2035 with the help of immunisation, combined with screening.
The Cervical Screening Test looks for HPV, a virus which is usually asymptomatic and can easily go undetected.
The test detects any changes early on that might lead to cancer. This can prevent cancer from developing or lead to an early diagnosis when there is a better chance of successful treatment. This is important for all women to know, but particularly young women who should also be aware of the possible effects on their reproductive health if screening, and diagnosis, is delayed