Cervical Cancer test reminder

Harvey-Waroona Reporter

Staff from Cancer Council WA are reminding women in the South West to make sure they are up to date with their cervical screening tests.

New figures have revealed the rates of new cases and deaths from cervical cancer have remained relatively unchanged in WA over the past 10 years.

Cancer Council WA’s regional education officer, Shenae Norris, is encouraging women between the age of 25 and 74 years to have regular cervical screening tests.

“The latest data has revealed there were 6.8 new cases per 100,000 women in WA and 1.4 deaths per 100,000 WA women in 2017,” Ms Norris said.

“This translates to 88 Western Australian women being diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2017 and 20 women losing their life from the disease.”

Ms Norris said that while numbers of new cases and deaths have dropped significantly since the national screening program was introduced in 1991, most regions across WA still have a screening participation rate below the state rate of 55.4%.

“In 2015-16 the South West region had a cervical screening participation rate of 55.8%, which is greater than the state rate of 55.4%,” she said.

“While this is encouraging, it shows there is still a large number of women who do not screen regularly or are not participating in screening and are therefore at risk of developing cervical cancer.”

Ms Norris said the best way to prevent cervical cancer is regular screening with a cervical screening test every five years.

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