Australia is on track to be the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer by 2035 as long as women get on top of their cervical health.
This week is all about cervical cancer awareness. The new cervical screening programme is open to those aged from 25-74 every 5 years and helps to detect the presence of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), it is much more accurate than its predecessor the Pap test.
HPV takes over 10 years to develop into cervical cancer and cervical cancer is a rare outcome of HPV infection. For this reason you only need to have a test every 5 years rather than 2.
The test itself, taken in the same way as the Pap test, takes five minutes and could save your life.
If you’re overdue your smear test, please book in today or if you have any abnormal bleeding at any age, such as bleeding between periods, after intercourse or after the menopause please seek medical advice.
It’s so tempting to fall into the same routine week in week out without setting yourself challenges or goals. This can often make us feel underwhelmed and unmotivated to push ourselves to success.
Try writing yourself a short list of things you’d like to achieve by the end of the week. It’ll give you objectives and purpose and so by the time it reaches Friday, you’ll be able to look back and celebrate how much you’ve done.