Funds for cancer screening
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.