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Changes to Pap tests

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From 1st December 2017 two yearly pap tests will be replaced by five yearly cervical screening tests.

Women aged 25 to 74 are eligible for cervical screening tests every five years under the new cervical screening program.

The sample is collected the same as a pap test, however the test will be for human papillomavirus (HPV) which is known to cause 99% of cervical cancers.

If HPV is found on the test, a cytology slide is prepared and examined under a microscope for abnormal cells. Cytology slides are also prepared for women who have previously had abnormal pap tests or who have symptoms such as abnormal bleeding.

Once the testing is complete, your doctor will receive the result with a risk category to indicate when you should have your next test.

All results are sent to the National Cancer Screening Register, should you wish to opt-out, you need to call the register on 1800 627 701.

If you would like more information please contact the surgery or see the Dept of Health Cancer Screening website here.