Funds for can­cer screen­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

CAN­CER Coun­cil Queens­land has wel­comed fund­ing in this week’s Fed­eral Bud­get for a new cer­vi­cal can­cer screen­ing pro­gram to re­place the two-yearly pap smear test from 2017.

The new screen­ing pro­gram, an­nounced as part of a $600 mil­lion can­cer pack­age, will be un­der­taken by Queens­land women ev­ery five years.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land spokes­woman Katie Clift said the new HPV (hu­man papil­lo­mavirus) test would be more ef­fec­tive than a pap smear and just as safe.

“The new test will de­tect HPV be­fore ab­nor­mal cell changes oc­cur, help­ing to pre­vent cases of cer­vi­cal can­cer and in­crease sur­vival rates,” Ms Clift said.

“We hope this change in the screen­ing pro­gram will en­cour­age more el­i­gi­ble women to take the test, giv­ing them­selves the best pos­si­ble chance of de­tect­ing can­cer early.

“We com­mend the gov­ern­ment for ex­pand­ing this screen­ing pro­gram, help­ing to save the lives of more Queens­lan­ders.”

The new cer­vi­cal can­cer test will be avail­able for all Aus­tralian women aged 25 to 74 from May 2017.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land is urg­ing el­i­gi­ble women to con­tinue par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cur­rent pap smear screen­ing pro­gram un­til the new test be­comes avail­able.

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