Cervical cancer: what you need to know

Australian women are being encouraged to make sure they are up to date with their cervical screening test. Credit: Time magazine

A cervical screening test prevents cervical cancer by detecting the human papillomavirus (HPV). 

HPV is the cause of cervical cancer in over 99% of cases. 

Most women who are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Australia have not had regular cervical screening tests. 

 The Western Sydney Local Health District is aiming to reduce the impact of cervical cancer by increasing the number of women having regular cervical screening tests. 

Women are being invited to come to the lawns of the Aboriginal Health Unit to learn about cervical screening and to be offered a free cervical screening test.

There will also be an opportunity to learn about other important health topics such as smoking, breast screening and diabetes.

A morning tea will be provided.

You need a cervical screening test if:

  • you are aged between 25 and 74
  • have ever been sexually active
  • you are HPV-vaccinated or not


Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time: 10.00am –1.00pm
Venue: Aboriginal Health Hub, Mt Druitt Hospital Campus, Luxford Rd entrance